The electrodiagnostic natural history of parsonage-turner syndrome

Muscle Nerve. 2017 Oct;56(4):737-743. doi: 10.1002/mus.25558. Epub 2017 Apr 13.


Introduction: Recovery from Parsonage-Turner syndrome (PTS) is generally favorable, although recovery times have been shown to vary, in part because there are no universally accepted outcome measures. In this study, we describe the electrodiagnostic natural history of this condition based on objective electrodiagnostic testing, and propose that complete electrodiagnostic recovery can be seen as early as 1 year.

Methods: Twenty-six subjects with 29 affected nerves confirmed as PTS were followed every 3 months for electrodiagnostic testing, or until full reinnervation was confirmed.

Results: Twenty-three cases (79.3%) demonstrated electrodiagnostic evidence of initial recovery at a mean of 5.8 months. Nine cases (31%) showed complete electrodiagnostic recovery at a mean of 1 year. When excluding cases with <1 year of follow-up, 52.9% achieved complete electrodiagnostic recovery.

Conclusions: In contrast to previous reports, full electrodiagnostic recovery of PTS was demonstrated at a mean of 1 year in > 50% of patients with longer term follow-up. Muscle Nerve 56: 737-743, 2017.

Keywords: Parsonage-Turner syndrome; brachial neuritis; idiopathic; neuralgic amyotrophy; plexopathy.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brachial Plexus Neuritis / diagnosis*
  • Brachial Plexus Neuritis / physiopathology*
  • Electrodiagnosis / methods
  • Electrodiagnosis / trends
  • Electromyography / methods
  • Electromyography / trends*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Recovery of Function / physiology*
  • Young Adult