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cervical brachial syndrome

Kevin T Jubbal, Dmitry Zavlin, Joshua D Harris, Shari R Liberman, Anthony Echo
BACKGROUND: Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a complex entity resulting in neurogenic or vascular manifestations. A wide array of procedures has evolved, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. The authors hypothesized that treatment of TOS with first rib resection (FRR) may lead to increased complication rates. METHODS: A retrospective case control study was performed on the basis of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database from 2005 to 2014...
March 1, 2018: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
Karam Asmaro, Aqueel H Pabaney, Richard Rammo, Rizwan Tahir, Max K Kole
Background: Man-in-the-barrel syndrome (MBS) is an uncommon clinical condition for which patients present with bilateral brachial diplegia but intact lower extremity strength. This syndrome is typically attributed to a cranial/cortical injury rather than a spinal pathology. Case Description: A 62-year-old diabetic male presented with bilateral upper extremity paresis attributed to a ventral cervical epidural abscess diagnosed on magnetic resonance imaging. Emergent cervical decompression resulted in slight improvement of upper extremity strength...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Joseph M White, Andrew J Soo Hoo, Scott R Golarz
Background: Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS) is a relatively common disorder and often affects younger, physically active populations. The modern American military is a population at risk for the development of nTOS given the intense physical training requirements. The purpose of this study is to determine functional recovery in the active duty military population resulting in full, unrestricted return-to-duty status following supraclavicular thoracic outlet decompression with partial first rib resection, partial anterior scalenectomy, and brachial plexus neurolysis...
January 1, 2018: Military Medicine
X Y Yang, T L Han, W H Zhang, S Zhang, F Fang
Objective: To investigate the clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, treatment and outcome of anti-GQ1b antibody syndrome. Method: The clinical manifestations, laboratory examination, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of (4 patients 4 male patients, from 4 to 12 years) with anti-GQ1b syndrome in Beijing Children's Hospital affiliated to Capital Medical University from 2015 to 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. Result: All 4 children presented with ataxia. Case 1 showed impaired speech, ptosis and weakness of arms; case 2 and 3 had external ophthalmoplegia, weakness of limbs; case 4 presented hypersomnia, irritability and hallucinations...
December 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Cesare Tiengo, Andrea Monticelli, Stefano Bonvini, Valentina Wassermann, Erica Dalla Venezia, Franco Bassetto
We present the case of a 68-year-old woman, referred to our department for critical upper limb ischemia, which had occurred a few days after homolateral surgical ligamentotomy for carpal tunnel syndrome, diagnosed and confirmed by electromyography, and performed with a brachial tourniquet. The patient was later admitted for subsequent progressive necrosis of the first three fingers of the left hand, accompanied by signs of upper limb ischemia. An accessory cervical rib was identified, completely obliterating the subclavian artery distally at the origin of the suprascapular artery...
September 2017: World Journal of Plastic Surgery
Jennifer Hong, Jared M Pisapia, Zarina S Ali, Austin J Heuer, Erin Alexander, Gregory G Heuer, Eric L Zager
OBJECTIVE Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS) is an uncommon compression syndrome of the brachial plexus that presents with pain, sensory changes, and motor weakness in the affected limb. The authors reviewed the clinical presentations and outcomes in their series of pediatric patients with surgically treated nTOS over a 6-year period. METHODS Cases of nTOS in patients age 18 years or younger were extracted for analysis from a prospective database of peripheral nerve operations. Baseline patient characteristics, imaging and neurophysiological data, operative findings, and outcomes and complications were assessed...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Kamran Aghayev, Ozcan Ciklatekerlio
BACKGROUND: There are several surgical treatment options for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (n-TOS). However, the first rib has been shown to be the common denominator of all TOS forms and the degree of its resection has been shown to correlate with the long-term success. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility of posterior upper rib excision (PURE) and report early outcomes. METHODS: Nine patients presented with signs and symptoms of n-TOS...
July 6, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Daniel Schwarz, Henrich Kele, Moritz Kronlage, Tim Godel, Tim Hilgenfeld, Martin Bendszus, Philipp Bäumer
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the imaging appearance and diagnostic value of plexus and peripheral nerve magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) in cervical radiculopathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study was approved by our institutional ethics committee and written informed consent was obtained from all participants. A total of 24 patients were included with a diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy based on clinical examination, supporting electrophysiological examinations and spinal imaging consistent with the clinical syndrome...
October 2, 2017: Investigative Radiology
Erion Qaja, Sara Honari, Robert Rhee
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) was first introduced in literature by Peet et al. in 1956. Since then is has been studied extensively and subcategorized into at least four closely related syndrome. Neurogenic TOS due to the compression of brachial plexus, arterial TOS in cases of compression of the subclavian artery, venous TOS in cases of compression of the subclavian vein, and non-specific type of TOS. Neurogenic TOS is by far the most common consisting of 95% of the cases, followed by venous and lastly arterial...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Alexander Katzer, Wolf-Peter Niedermauntel, Jörg Rump
Neuralgic amyotrophy of the shoulder (Parsonage-Turner syndrome) is a rare condition of unknown aetiology which manifests as acute neuropathy of the brachial plexus. Diagnosis is based on typical symptoms and physical examination. In addition, magnetic resonance imaging of the affected shoulder and the cervical spine is advisable, in order to distinguish this syndrome from other conditions with similar symptoms. There is no specific treatment for neuralgic amyotrophy, but in about 50 - 67% of cases complete recovery occurs within two to three years, depending on the severity of the symptoms when they first appear...
September 19, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Joshua Balderman, Katherine Holzem, Beverly J Field, Michael M Bottros, Ahmmad A Abuirqeba, Chandu Vemuri, Robert W Thompson
OBJECTIVE: Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (NTOS) is caused by dynamic compression of the brachial plexus at the level of the supraclavicular scalene triangle or the subcoracoid (pectoralis minor) space, or both. The purpose of this study was to characterize relationships between 14 clinical diagnostic criteria (CDC) and seven pretreatment patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) in a prospective cohort of patients with NTOS. METHODS: There were 183 new patient referrals between July 1 and December 31, 2015, with 150 (82%) meeting an established set of predefined CDC for NTOS...
August 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Sybil R L Stacpoole, Adam Molyneux, Dirk Bäumer
Enterovirus D68 has been associated with a poliomyelitis-like illness, notably during an outbreak in 2014, and particularly affecting children in the USA. We report a case of acute segmental flaccid paralysis with respiratory involvement in an adult in the UK, with enterovirus D68 detected in a sputum sample. MR imaging of cervical spinal cord showed a longitudinally extensive T2 hyperintensity in the anterior cord. Cerebrospinal fluid showed an elevated white cell count, predominantly lymphocytic, with otherwise normal constituents and negative viral PCRs...
August 2017: Practical Neurology
Amina Nasri, Imen Kacem, Youssef Sidhom, Mouna Ben Djebara, Amina Gargouri, Riadh Gouider
CONTEXT: Cervical root avulsion secondary to traumatic plexus injury is a rare etiology of superficial siderosis (SS) of the central nervous system (CNS). We describe the case of an isolated progressive compressive myelopathy revealing this complication and discuss the pathogenesis of such a presentation, its clinical and imaging peculiarities with a literature review. FINDINGS: We report on the case of a 48-year-old man with history of left brachial plexus injury at the age of 2 years...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Fu Liong Hiew, Rahmansah Ramlan, Shanthi Viswanathan, Santhi Puvanarajah
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the clinical and electrophysiological characteristics of various distinctive classical and localised Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) subtypes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinical characteristics and electrophysiological data of sixty-one consecutive patients admitted between 2012 and 2015 were systematically analysed and reclassified according to the new GBS clinical classification. Neurophysiology was evaluated with Hadden et al...
July 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Tetsuya Miyagi, Katsuyuki Higa, Miwako Kido, Satoshi Ishihara, Ryo Nakachi, Syugo Suwazono
Acute progressive weakness in bulbar, neck and limbs is included in several differential diagnoses, including the pharyngeal-cervical-brachial (PCB) variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Patients with the PCB variant of GBS are reported to have localized diagnostic cervical spinal nerve abnormalities that can be examined by nerve ultrasonography (NUS) and magnetic resonance neurography (MRN). We herein report the case of a 77-year-old man with the PCB variant of GBS. Although the nerve conduction study (NCS) findings were indirect indicators for an early diagnosis, the combination of NCS and NUS was a useful complementary measure that facilitated an early diagnosis...
2017: Internal Medicine
Rui Almeida, Ana Catarina Felix, Ana Luísa André, Hipólito Nzwalo
We report a case of progressive symmetric brachial weakness followed by cervical muscle weakness. The electromyogram confirmed the diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. After 3 years the patient remained able to walk unassisted and without significant bulbar manifestations or upper neuron signs. The concomitant presence of dropped head syndrome and man-in-barrel syndrome in an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patient makes our case unique.
April 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Susan C Lee, Christian Geannette, Scott W Wolfe, Joseph H Feinberg, Darryl B Sneag
This case report describes a 29-year-old male who presented with immediate onset of Horner's syndrome and ipsilateral brachial plexopathy after sleeping with his arm dangling outside a car window for 8 h. Outside workup and imaging revealed rhabdomyolysis of the left neck musculature. Subsequent electrodiagnostic testing and high-resolution brachial plexus magnetic resonance imaging at the authors' institution attributed the Horner's syndrome and concurrent brachial plexopathy to rhabdomyolysis of the longus colli and scalene musculature, which had compressed-and consequently scar tethered-the cervical sympathetic trunk and brachial plexus...
August 2017: Skeletal Radiology
Bénédicte Bouche, Marie Manfiotto, Philippe Rigoard, Jean Lemarie, Véronique Dix-Neuf, Michel Lanteri-Minet, Denys Fontaine
OBJECTIVES: We report the outcome of a consecutive series of 26 patients suffering from chronic medically-refractory neuropathic pain of the upper limb (including 16 patients with complex regional pain syndrome), topographically limited, treated by brachial plexus (BP) nerve roots or supra-scapular nerve (SSN) peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The technique consisted in ultrasound-guided percutaneous implantation of a cylindrical lead (Pisces-Quad, Medtronic) close to the SSN or the cervical nerve roots within the BP, depending on the pain topography...
October 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Yash Vaidya, Rajan Vaithianathan
INTRODUCTION: Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS) is the most common manifestation of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), accounting for more than 95% of cases. It is usually caused by cervical ribs, anomalies in the scalene muscle anatomy or post-traumatic inflammatory changes causing compression of the brachial plexus. CASE PRESENTATION: We present an unusual case of nTOS caused by a cystic lymphangioma at the thoracic outlet, with only one case reported previously in the literature...
2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Mansukhani Sameer A, Tuteja Sanesh V, Dhar Sanjay B
INTRODUCTION: Cruciate Paralysis is a rare incomplete spinal cord syndrome presenting as brachial diplegia with minimal or no involvement of the lower extremities. It occurs as a result of trauma to the cervical spine and is associated with fractures of the axis and/or atlas. Diagnosis is confirmed on MRI and is managed by treatment of the underlying pathology. Prognosis depends on the extent of spinal cord injury and the exact cause. CASE PRESENTATION: A 20-year-old male presented to the casualty with a history of an injury to the back of the head as a result of a fall...
April 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
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