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
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