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Parsonage Turner syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Acute brachial neuritis
- Acute brachial neuritis syndrome
- Acute brachial radiculitis syndrome
- Acute shoulder neuritis
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Parsonage Turner syndrome, also called brachial neuritis, is characterized by the sudden onset of shoulder and upper arm pain followed by marked upper arm weakness or atrophy. Individuals may present with the condition several weeks after an injury, infection or immunization, or in the absence of an obvious inciting event. Treatment is symptomatic and may include pain relievers and physical therapy. Although affected individuals may experience paralysis of the affected areas that lasts for months or even years, prognosis is generally favorable with most individuals experiencing complete recovery within 2 years.
- Parsonage Turner Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Parsonage%20Turner%20Syndrome. Accessed January 3, 2011.
- Kolev I. Parsonage-Turner syndrome. Orphanet. http://www.orphanet.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=EN&Expert=2901. Accessed January 3, 2011.
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