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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
  • Neuralgic amyotrophy
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What are the signs and symptoms of Parsonage Turner syndrome?

Parsonage Turner syndrome is usually characterized by sudden onset of severe pain across the shoulder and upper arm. In some cases, the pain may radiate down the arm and into the hand. The degree and intensity of pain varies among affected individuals. Some individuals do not feel pain but experience weakness. Typically, localized pain around the shoulder girdle is present.

Within a few hours or days of symptom onset, affected individuals may experience muscle weakness, wasting (atrophy), numbness (hyperesthesia), and paralysis of the affected shoulder muscles. In rare cases, muscles of the hand and fingers may also be affected. The condition may affect one or both sides of the body. Symptoms usually go away within a few months but in some individuals, they can last a few years.[1]
Last updated: 1/15/2013

  1. Parsonage Turner Syndrome. NORD. April 25, 2008; Accessed 1/15/2013.