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J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2019 Dec;63(3):162-170.

Isolated musculocutaneous neuropathy: a case report.

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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Graduate Student, Sport Sciences RCCSS (C) SSRP program.


in English, French


To present the diagnostic and clinical features of musculocutaneous neuropathy, propose possible conservative management strategies, and create awareness of this rare condition.

Case presentation:

We present the case of a 24-year old competitive soccer athlete, who sought care for an unrelated lower extremity complaint. Upon examination, significant wasting of the right biceps was noted. The patient reported right arm pain and weakness that began six months prior, following a long sleep with his arm beneath him. Neurological examination revealed an absent deep tendon reflex of C5 on the right, diminished sensation on the right anterolateral forearm, and significant weakness in muscle testing of the biceps brachii on the right. The patient was referred to a neurologist to confirm suspicion of a musculocutaneous nerve injury. Electromyography and magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the diagnosis of musculocutaneous neuropathy and ruled out other differential diagnoses. The patient is currently awaiting confirmation to determine if he is a surgical candidate for a nerve transfer.


Musculocutaneous neuropathy is a rare condition. Recognition of the clinical presentation of this condition is important for early diagnosis and prompt intervention.


atrophy; biceps; chiropractic; musculocutaneous nerve; neuropathy; weakness


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The authors have no disclaimers, competing interests, or sources of support or funding to report in the preparation of this manuscript.

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