In addition to Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Parsonage-Turner Syndrome ("PTS") is an extremely common neurological injury that can result from vaccine administrations. The symptoms of Parsonage-Turner Syndrome may begin immediately after vaccination or take a few days to arise.
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Parsonage-Turner Syndrome is an inflammation of the nerves of the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a nerve system that runs throughout the neck, armpit, and arms. The inflammation results in constant and intense shoulder pain. In addition, Parsonage-Turner Syndrome usually causes numbness and weakness in the arm and shoulder due to the nerves being damaged.
Parsonage-Turner Syndrome is also referred to as brachial neuropathy, brachial plexopathy or more commonly, brachial neuritis. In the United States, approximately 1.5 people per 100,000 suffer from Parsonage-Turner Syndrome.
Parsonage-Turner Syndrome (brachial neuritis) can be caused by:
When a patient is examined by their physician with brachial neuritis-like symptoms, the first step is usually an x-ray to rule out injury to the bone structure of the shoulder. The next step is usually an EMG to test for a neurological injury. MRIs may be performed as well. The EMG and MRI together with a physical examination is usually sufficient for a doctor to diagnose the injury.
Parsonage-Turner Syndrome is usually treated with pain relievers and steroids. People who suffer from any shoulder injury are at risk for developing adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder. Therefore, the patient is usually advised to continue moving the arm. The doctor may also prescribe physical therapy.
Parsonage-Turner Syndrome is a debilitating injury that can worsen over time if not treated correctly. If you or someone you know suffers from brachial neuritis caused by a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact our vaccine injury law firm for a free consultation. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you.