brachial plexopathy

brachial plexopathy

A peripheral neuropathy caused by damage to the brachial plexus.

Clinical findings
Pain, numbness, burning and weakness in the shoulder, arm, hand or wrist.

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

Management
Anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, splints and braces as needed, surgery if compartment syndrome is present, occupational therapy or job retraining.

brachial plexopathy

 Brachial plexus injury, see there.
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Gallagher found no new disease, but she did have osteoarthritis in her knees, hip, and spine; spinal stenosis associated with corrective surgery for scoliosis; and brachial plexopathy following prior radical mastectomy and radiation for breast cancer.
Gallagher found no new disease, but she did have osteoarthritis in her knees, hip, and spine: spinal stenosis associated with corrective surgery for scoliosis; and brachial plexopathy following prior radical mastectomy and radiation for breast cancer.
Indeed, the question of 'malignant brachial plexopathy versus treatment-related effects' as a cause for lymphoedema or brachial plexopathy symptomatology usually only arises years after radiotherapy completion: PET-CT is a very useful technique in this situation, as it can accurately differentiate disease recurrence (PET-positive) from radiotherapy related fibrosis and complications (PET-negative).
Late problems (>6 months post RT and usually 2-3 years or more) include skin telangectasia, subcutaneous fibrosis and thickening, lymphoedema of the arm, lung fibrosis, brachial plexopathy, and secondary cancers.
8 34/F/1 Intercostal allodynia Controlled with amitriptyline Post-thoracotomy syndrome 9 83/F/3 Paraesthesia and Persistent weakness left arm Brachial plexopathy at fracture level 10 53/M/3 Pain in wrist with Persistent difficulty making fist Ulnar axonopathy at surgical site 11 69/M/3 Weakness of wrist Improving extension (day 10) Post-viral neuralgic amyotrophy.
Electrophysiological findings of brachial plexopathy are demonstrated in Table 1.
Because the DSN derives from the proximal brachial plexus, involvement of this nerve in an upper brachial plexopathy suggests a proximal lesion.
3) It provides some loco-regional control, protecting against (13) or treating ulceration, haemorrhage and malignant brachial plexopathy.
The morbidity of ART includes lymphoedema, shoulder stiffness and radiation-induced brachial plexopathy (RIBP).
Monoparesis with complex regional pain syndrome like symptomps due to brachial plexopathy caused by the varicella zoster virus a case report.