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Table 1 Follow-up characteristics of the 38 patients with PBB.

From: Recovery of brachial plexus lesions resulting from heavy backpack use: A follow-up case series

Follow-up characteristics Yes No  
Self-reported symptoms at the follow-up 8/38 (21%) 30/38 (79%)  
Normal muscle strength* 27/32 (84%) 5/32 (16%)  
The lesion affected the patient's profession after the army 5/38 (13%) 33/38 (87%)  
Decreased physical activity due to the lesion after the army 5/38 (13%) 33/38 (87%)  
  Muscle strength at the follow-up*  
  Normal abnormal  
The weight of the load carried (mean, SD) 30 kg (10 kg) 44 kg (6 kg) p = 0.003**
Number of affected nerves at the baseline    
   1 17 (81%) 4 (19%) p = 0.999***
   2 6 (75%) 2 (25%)  
   3 3 (100%) 0 (0%)  
most affected peripheral nerve    
   long thoracic 9 (75%) 3 (25%) p = 0.847***
   Musculocutaneus 2 (100%) 0 (0%)  
   Axillary 10 (83%) 2 (17%)  
   Median 1 (100%) 0 (0%)  
   Suprascapular 3 (100%) 0 (0%)  
   Radial 1 (100%) 0 (0%)  
   Ulnar    
  Self-reported symptoms at the follow-up  
  No Yes  
The weight of the load carried (mean, SD) 38 kg (6 kg) 42 kg (7 kg) p = 0.249**
Body mass index (mean, SD) 22.1 (3.8) 23.6 (4.1) p = 0.518**
  1. * Only for those attending the follow-up examination (n = 32)
  2. ** Mann-Whitney U-test
  3. *** Fischer's exact test