An atypical case of neuralgic amyotrophy with respiratory muscle weakness: case report and review of literature

Scott Med J. 2008 Feb;53(1):13-5. doi: 10.1258/RSMSMJ.53.1.13.


This report is of an atypical case of neuralgic amyotrophy with a Horner's syndrome, bilateral brachial plexus, lumbar plexus and phrenic nerve involvement. The diagnosis isconfirmed based on a classical history and examination findings with typical neurophysiological investigations for this condition. This report also highlights the novel use of positional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate patients with respiratory muscle weakness. This case report expands the recognised clinical features of neuralgicamyotrophy and the literature concerning atypical features of this condition is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brachial Plexus Neuritis / complications*
  • Brachial Plexus Neuritis / diagnosis
  • Brachial Plexus Neuritis / therapy
  • Horner Syndrome / complications*
  • Horner Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Horner Syndrome / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Weakness / etiology*
  • Respiratory Muscles*