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J Neurol. 2007 Jun;254(6):695-704. Epub 2007 Apr 20.

The neuralgic amyotrophy consultation.

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  • 1Neurologist, clinical neurophysiologist, Neuromuscular Centre Nijmegen, Dept. of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, c/o 920 KNF, Radboud University Nijmegen, Medical Centre, PO Box 9101, 6500 HB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. n.vanalfen@neuro.umcn.nl


Neuralgic amyotrophy is a distinct clinical syndrome with acute severe pain and patchy paresis in the shoulder and arm region. The clinical phenotype was recently found to be more comprehensive and the long-term prognosis less optimistic than usually assumed for many patients. The disorder can be idiopathic or hereditary in an autosomal dominant fashion, with only few phenotypical variations between the two. This article provides a practical overview of current knowledge on the clinical presentation, diagnosis, pathogenesis and the treatment of pain and complications.

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