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Parsonage Turner syndrome


Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute brachial neuritis
  • Acute brachial neuritis syndrome
  • Acute brachial plexus neuritis
  • Acute brachial radiculitis syndrome
  • Acute shoulder neuritis
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Overview

Parsonage Turner syndrome is characterized by the sudden onset of shoulder and upper arm pain followed by progressive (worsening over time) weakness and/or atrophy of the affected area. Although the exact cause is unknown, researchers believe that most cases are due to an autoimmune response following exposure to an illness or environmental factor. Suspected triggers include viral and bacterial infections; surgery; vaccinations; injury; childbirth; strenuous exercise; certain medical procedures; and various health conditions. Treatment is symptomatic and may include pain relievers and physical therapy.[1][2]
Last updated: 1/22/2015

References

  1. Parsonage Turner syndrome. NORD. May 2014; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/726/viewAbstract.
  2. Nigel L Ashworth, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC. Brachial Neuritis. Medscape Reference. August 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/315811-overview.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute brachial neuritis
  • Acute brachial neuritis syndrome
  • Acute brachial plexus neuritis
  • Acute brachial radiculitis syndrome
  • Acute shoulder neuritis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.