Brachial Plexus Neuropathy

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Brachial Plexus Neuropathy. This can result from blunt or penetrating trauma. An injury directed into the axilla or that violently increases the angle between the shoulder and head could account for this. In the latter case, stingers or burners, which frequently occur in football players, result in temporary paresthesias and diffuse weakness in the upper extremity. Recurrent stretch injuries to the brachial plexus can result in permanent weakness and atrophy. Also, apical lung tumors with direct extension or compression from a thoracic outlet syndrome can cause pain in the upper extremity and hand numbness . Radiation therapy has also been known to result in brachial plexopathies. Idiopathic brachial plexopathy (Parsonage-Turner syndrome) often occurs abruptly
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Unformatted text preview: without any clear precipitating factor, although it can develop after an infection, injection, surgery, or childbirth. It typically begins with an aching sensation in the neck or shoulder and progresses over days to produce weakness, sensory loss, and diminished reflexes. There is often considerable pain associated with the conditions. Recovery is usually spontaneous but can take weeks to months. Some residual weakness may be present in a small percentage of cases. Source: .50056-7--cesec122_3840...
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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