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Parsonage-Turner Syndrome is a neurological condition that can be triggered by an incorrectly administered vaccine. It is covered under the VICP.


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What is Parsonage Turner Syndrome?

Parsonage Turner Syndrome, also known as brachial neuritis, is a rare neurological condition that primarily affects the brachial plexus, the group of nerves that control the muscles of the upper arm. This syndrome suddenly comes on with intense pain, followed by muscle weakness or even paralysis in the affected arm. In individuals with Parsonage Turner Syndrome, the severe pain is usually acute and reduces the ability to perform daily activities due to decreased muscle control and nerve damage.

Over time, the pain may subside, but the loss of muscle function can persist, making early diagnosis key to effective management. Treatment typically involves physical therapy to regain muscle strength and manage symptoms, and in some cases, medication to control pain.

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Cheryl suffered SIRVA (shoulder injury related to vaccine administration) following a flu shot. Her vaccine injury claim was filed in the VICP by vaccine lawyer Max Muller where she obtained a large cash settlement for her pain and suffering, lost wages and out of pocket medical expenses.

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What Vaccines Can Cause Parsonage Turner Syndrome?

Although the exact cause of Parsonage Turner Syndrome (PTS) often remains unidentified, it is occasionally linked to vaccinations. Here's how this connection is understood:

Idiopathic Nature:

  • PTS is primarily idiopathic, meaning its exact cause is usually unknown.
  • In some cases, vaccinations have been identified as potential triggers.

Vaccines Associated with PTS:

  • Flu Vaccine: Known to occasionally trigger an immune response that can lead to PTS.
  • Tetanus Vaccine: Similar to the flu vaccine, it can provoke symptoms related to brachial neuritis, a characteristic of PTS.

Impact of Vaccination:

  • The relationship between these vaccines and PTS is rare but acknowledged within medical circles.
  • Symptoms such as severe pain and muscle weakness typically emerge shortly after the vaccination. This is believed to be due to an immune-mediated response that causes inflammation and damage to the nerves in the brachial plexus.

In cases of brachial neuritis vaccine injury, it’s important to file a vaccine injury claim through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) with the assistance of a specialized vaccine injury lawyer. This step is necessary for securing the compensation needed to cover medical expenses and other related costs.

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Who is Most Likely to Develop Parsonage Turner Syndrome?

Parsonage Turner Syndrome affects individuals of any age, gender, or background, but there are specific factors that may increase the likelihood of developing this condition:

  • Age and Gender: Although it can occur at any age, it is more commonly diagnosed in adults between the ages of 30 and 60. Men are slightly more likely to develop the syndrome than women.

  • Medical History: Individuals with a history of autoimmune diseases or infections that can compromise the immune system may be at higher risk.

  • Recent Medical Procedures: Those who have recently undergone surgeries or medical procedures involving the chest, shoulder, or upper arm areas are more susceptible, due to potential nerve trauma.

  • Vaccination History: There is a small increased risk associated with recent vaccinations, particularly those for influenza and tetanus, as these can sometimes trigger an immune response affecting the nerves.

Other Causes of Parsonage Turner Syndrome

Parsonage Turner Syndrome has several potential causes aside from vaccine-related injuries. Understanding these causes is important for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

  • Infections: Viral and bacterial infections may trigger an immune response leading to inflammation of the brachial plexus nerves, such as those related to respiratory issues or the herpes zoster virus.

  • Surgical Procedures: Operations involving the chest or shoulder can inadvertently impact the brachial plexus nerves, possibly inducing the syndrome and resulting in nerve pain and muscle weakness.

  • Physical Trauma: Injury to the shoulder or arm from falls, car accidents, or gunshot wounds can directly damage these nerves, disrupting their function and causing typical symptoms.

  • Autoimmune Disorders: Some autoimmune conditions cause the immune system to attack its own tissues, including nerves in the brachial plexus, potentially triggering the syndrome.

  • Genetic Predisposition: In rare cases, genetic factors may make some individuals more susceptible to developing Parsonage Turner Syndrome.

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What are the Symptoms of Parsonage Turner Syndrome?

Parsonage Turner Syndrome is marked by a distinct set of symptoms that typically begin abruptly. PTS affects an individual's quality of life substantially. Recognizing these symptoms early is key for timely and effective treatment. Here are the primary symptoms to watch for:

  • Severe Pain: The initial symptom is usually a sudden, intense pain in the shoulder and upper arm area. This pain can be sharp or burning and often makes it difficult to move the affected arm.

  • Muscle Weakness: Following the onset of pain, muscle weakness in the shoulder and arm develops, which can progress to partial or complete paralysis of the affected muscles.

  • Decreased Range of Motion: As the muscles weaken, the range of motion in the shoulder and arm diminishes, making everyday tasks challenging.

  • Muscle Atrophy: Over time, if the nerves are not able to send proper signals to the muscles, the muscles may begin to waste away, a condition known as muscle atrophy.

  • Other Symptoms: Some individuals may experience other symptoms such as tingling or numbness in the affected arm, sensitivity to touch, and in rare cases, muscle twitching.

How Parsonage Turner Syndrome Can Affect Your Daily Life

Living with Parsonage Turner Syndrome can present challenges, particularly in how it affects your ability to perform everyday activities. Here's a simple list of daily tasks that might be impacted:

  • Personal Care: Difficulty with dressing, grooming, or showering due to reduced arm mobility.

  • Household Tasks: Challenges in cooking, cleaning, and other household chores that require lifting or arm strength.

  • Work-Related Activities: Discomfort or inability to perform certain job functions, especially those involving physical labor or repetitive arm movements.

  • Driving: Reduced control or pain when steering, which may affect the ability to drive safely.

  • Caring for Others: Impairment in caring for children or elderly family members, which may include lifting or extensive physical interaction.

  • Leisure Activities: Limitations in participating in hobbies or sports that involve arm use, such as gardening, playing tennis, or crafting.

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Diagnosing and Treating Parsonage Turner Syndrome

Diagnosing and effectively treating Parsonage Turner Syndrome (PTS) are important steps in managing the condition for those affected. Here’s how medical professionals typically approach the diagnosis and treatment of PTS:

Diagnosing Parsonage Turner Syndrome

Diagnosis of Parsonage Turner Syndrome begins with a thorough medical history and a physical examination, focusing on the symptoms and any recent activities or medical treatments that could have triggered the condition. Key diagnostic tools include:

  • MRI Scans: To check for any abnormalities or changes in the brachial plexus and surrounding tissues.

  • Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies: These tests measure the electrical activity in muscles and the speed of nerve signals, respectively, helping to pinpoint damage and dysfunction in nerves and muscles.

  • Blood Tests: To rule out other conditions that may mimic the symptoms of PTS, such as infections or autoimmune disorders.

Recovering Costs Through Compensation

If you are facing challenges due to Parsonage Turner Syndrome, it's important to know that compensation might be available to help manage the financial burdens associated with this condition. Covering:

  • Medical expenses
  • Physical therapy
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Lost wages 

By pursuing a claim for compensation, especially if the syndrome is linked to vaccine injury or other specific causes, you can potentially recover these costs. 

Treating Parsonage Turner Syndrome

Treatment for PTS is primarily supportive and focuses on relieving symptoms and promoting nerve recovery. Common treatment approaches include:

  • Pain Management: Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or other pain relievers are often prescribed to manage intense pain.

  • Physical Therapy: A tailored physical therapy program helps maintain muscle strength and flexibility, improves range of motion, and aids in the gradual recovery of nerve function.

  • Occupational Therapy: For those experiencing significant challenges in daily activities, occupational therapy provides strategies and tools to cope with limitations and regain independence.

  • Regular Monitoring: Ongoing assessments with healthcare providers to monitor recovery and adjust treatment plans as necessary.

Managing the Challenge of Spiraling Medical Bills

Dealing with Parsonage Turner Syndrome can quickly lead to escalating medical bills, as ongoing treatments, medications, and physical therapy become necessities. This financial strain can be overwhelming, making an already challenging situation even more stressful. By securing financial relief, you can focus on your health and recovery without the added worry of unmanageable medical bills.

How We Can Help

At My Vaccine Lawyer, we understand the unexpected challenges and severe discomfort that come with Parsonage Turner Syndrome. That's why we approach each case with the utmost respect and compassion, guaranteeing that you feel supported throughout this difficult process.

Dealing with Parsonage Turner Syndrome can be daunting, but you don't have to face it alone. Each Parsonage Turner Syndrome Injury lawyer in our team is proficient in the medical, legal, and factual complexities involved in these cases, fully prepared to address any challenges that may arise.

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If you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms that may be related to Parsonage Turner Syndrome following a vaccine or other potential triggers, it's important not to delay seeking legal help. Understanding the legal process on your own can be overwhelming and may jeopardize your chances of obtaining the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Contact us today for a consultation. We are here to support you every step of the way and to fight for the justice and support you deserve.

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