Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Print version ISSN 0102-3616
OLIVEIRA, Saulo Gomes de et al. Parsonage-Turner Syndrome: case report of a HIV seropositive patient. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2010, vol.45, n.4, pp. 456-459. ISSN 0102-3616. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-36162010000400020.
The Parsonage-Turner Syndrome is a rare disease that affects the muscles of the scapular girdle, leading to muscular atrophy and a large motor deficit. The etiology is unknown, but it is believed that infectious and autoimmune factors are involved. The diagnosis is made by exclusion, and the main differential diagnoses are cervical disc hernias, rotator cuff injuries and rheumatic diseases. During diagnostic research, we conducted laboratory tests, radiographs and MRI of the shoulder and cervical spine, with particular reference to electroneuromyography to help generate a definitive diagnosis. This case report is presented because it shows a disease that is rarely associated with HIV seropositivity and the importance of early diagnosis for better treatment of these patients.
Keywords : Brachial plexus neuritis; HIV; Humans.