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Int J STD AIDS. 2012 Feb;23(2):143-4. doi: 10.1258/ijsa.2011.011176.

Brachial plexus neuritis in the context of acute HIV seroconversion illness: a case report.

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Department of Genitourinary Medicine, The Pine Clinic, St Cross Hospital, Rugby, UK. Katrina.Finney@warwickshire.nhs.uk

Abstract

We report an unusual case of bilateral brachial plexus neuritis occurring during the seroconversion stage of an HIV infection in a 45-year-old man. Brachial plexus neuritis is thought to be an immune mediated inflammatory reaction resulting in acute onset of shoulder pain followed by muscle weakness and wasting. There is often a history of viral illness, diagnosis is clinical, and treatment is supportive. Many sufferers are left with residual defects. Clinicians should consider the possibility of HIV infection when managing a patient with brachial plexus neuritis.

PMID:
22422693
DOI:
10.1258/ijsa.2011.011176
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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