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brachial plexopathy

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brachial plexus

NEUROLOGY

Definition A peripheral neuropathy caused by damage to the brachial plexus

Clinical findings Pain, numbness, burning, weakness in the shoulder, arm, hand or wrist, depending on which part of the plexus is injured.

Aetiology Birth trauma, toxic exposures–e.g., chemicals, drugs, environmental toxins, inflammation–infection, autoimmune-related

Management NSAIDs, physical therapy, splints and braces as needed, surgery if compartment syndrome is present, occupational therapy or job retraining 

Synonyms Brachial plexus dysfunction, brachial plexus neuropathy, Parsonage Turner syndrome 

References www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001418.htm

Am Fam Physician 2013; 87:568-573  

 

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