Neuralgic amyotrophy

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2008 May;90(5):550-3. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.90B5.20411.


Neuralgic amyotrophy is an uncommon condition characterised by the acute onset of severe pain in the shoulder and arm, followed by weakness and atrophy of the affected muscles, and sensory loss as the pain subsides. The diversity of its clinical manifestations means that it may present to a variety of different specialties within medicine. This article describes the epidemiology, aetiopathogenesis, clinical features, differential diagnoses, investigations, treatment, course and prognosis of the condition.

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Analgesics / therapeutic use
  • Brachial Plexus Neuritis / complications
  • Brachial Plexus Neuritis / diagnosis*
  • Brachial Plexus Neuritis / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Prognosis


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Analgesics