Disease Information for Brachial Neuritis

Clinical Manifestations
Signs & Symptoms
Unilateral Neck Supraclavicular Pain
Arm Pain
Arm/shoulder weakness (symptom)
Axilla Pain
Bilateral Shoulder Muscle pain/Weakness
Distal Muscle Weakness
Frozen shoulder/signs
Muscle weakness
Proximal muscle weakness
Proximal upper extremity weakness
Shoulder/limb girdle weakness/bilateral
Symmetrical muscle/pain, weakness
Unilateral arm symptoms
Unilateral arm/muscle wasting
Upper extremity pains
Upper/Inner arm pain
Weak hand grip
Weakness trapezius muscle
Weakness, arms, bilateral
Weakness/one arm
Arm reflexes, bilateral decrease
Arm reflexes, unilateral decrease
Biceps reflex decreased bilateral
Bilateral flaccid arm paralysis
C5/6 cervical root symptoms/signs
C6/7 Radicular symptoms/signs
Cervicobrachial pain syndrome
Flaccid arm/shoulder paralysis
Grip strength decreased
Limb weakness/signs
Little finger dysesthesia/numbness
Lower motor neuron lesion/signs
Segmental/areflexia upper extremity
Triceps reflex decreased bilateral
Triceps reflex/decreased unilateral
Weakness of biceps and brachioradialis
Weakness of triceps, wrist extensors
Bilateral supraclavicular pain
Tender supraclavicular area
Bilateral shoulder pain
Neck and Arm Pain
Neck and upper back musculoskeletal pain
Neck/Shoulder pain/stiffness
Shoulder pain
Shoulder pain/left
Shoulder pain/right
Stiffness of shoulder
Stiffness upper limb girdle
Upper back/bilateral shoulder pain
Unable to do pushups
Clinical Presentation & Variations
Presentation/Bilateral Shoulder Arm Pain Relentless onset
Disease Progression
Course/2-5 months
Course/Acute only
Course/No sequelae expected
Onset/Acute/Course chronic
Prognosis/Full recovery usual
Prognosis/Recovery/reversable usually
Prognosis/Slow steady recovery
Demographics & Risk Factors
Established Disease Population
Patient/Recent URI/LRI
Population Group
Population/Previously well
Young Adult
Sex & Age Groups
Population/Adult ('twenties')
Population/Adult Aged Only
Population/Man patient
Population/Young adult
Associated Diseases & Rule outs
Rule Outs
Cervical herniated disk
Rotator cuff syndrome/shoulder
Rotator cuff tear/shoulder
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Associated Disease & Complications
Brachial neuritis
Brachial plexus injury
Brachial plexus neuropathy
Painful neuropathy
Shoulder, frozen
Disease Mechanism & Classification
CLASS/Primary organ/system disorder (ex)
CLASS/Upper extremity involvement/disorder (ex)
CLASS/Neurologic (category)
CLASS/Plexus/ganglion disorder (ex)
Pathophysiology/Gene locus 17q25
Pathophysiology/Gene locus Chromosome 17
Pathophysiology/Gene Locus Identified/OMIM database
Pathophysiology/Genomic indentifiers (polymorphism/snip/mutations)
Pathophysiology/Unilateral effects
PROCESS/Allergy/collagen/autoimmune (category)
PROCESS/Idiopathic/unclassified/unknown (category)
PROCESS/Paraneoplastic neurologic disorder
PROCESS/Post-infectious disorder (ex)
Brachial Neuritides, BRACHIAL NEURITIS, Brachial neuritis (disorder), Brachial Plexus Neuritides, Brachial Plexus Neuritis, Neuritides Brachial, Neuritides Brachial Plexus, Neuritis brachial, Neuritis Brachial, Neuritis Brachial Plexus, Neuropathies Shoulder Girdle, Neuropathy Shoulder Girdle, Parsonage Aldren Turner, Parsonage Aldren Turner Syndrome, Parsonage Turner Syndrome, Shoulder Girdle Neuropathies, Shoulder Girdle Neuropathy, Shoulder girdle syndrome, Syndrome Parsonage Aldren Turner, Syndrome Parsonage Turner, Synonym/Acute brachial neuritis, Synonym/Acute brachial neuritis syndrome, Synonym/Brachial Plexopathy, Synonym/Brachial plexus neuritis, Synonym/Idiopathic brachial plexus neuropathy, Synonym/Neuralgic amyotrophy, Synonym/Neuralgic amyotrophy/Brachial, Synonym/Parsonage Turner Syndrome, Synonym/Parsonage-Turner syndrome
Drug Therapy - Indication
RX/Corticosteroid (Cortisone)
Surgical Procedures or Treatments
TX/Rest-Time off
Other Treatments
TX/Expectant/supportive treatment.
TX/Treatment method varied/some disagreement/opinions differ

Parsonage Turner Syndrome

Brachial Neuritis

Brachial Plexus Neuritis

Idiopathic Brachial Plexus Neuropathy

Neuralgic Amyotrophy

Disorder Subdivisions

General Discussion

Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, also known as Brachial Plexus Neuritis or Neuralgic Amyotrophy, is a common condition characterized by inflammation of a network of nerves that control and supply (innervate) the muscles of the chest, shoulders, and arms (brachial plexus). Individuals with the condition first experience a sudden onset of severe pain across the shoulder and upper arm. Within a few hours or days, the muscles of the affected shoulder may be affected by weakness, wasting (atrophy), and paralysis (atrophic paralysis). Although individuals with the condition may experience paralysis of the affected areas for months or, in some cases, years, recovery is usually complete. The exact cause of Parsonage-Turner Syndrome is not known [NORD 2005].


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