Brachial Plexus Neuropathy

Brachial plexus neuropathy (plexopathy) can result from blunt or penetrating trauma. The typical injury is directed into the axilla or violently increases the angle between the shoulder and head. In the latter case, stingers or burners, which frequently occur in football players, result in temporary

Box 42-18 Neuropathies with Predilection for the Upper Limbs

Diabetes Porphyria

Hereditary neuropathies

Hereditary amyloid neuropathy type II (causes carpal tunnel syndrome from amyloid deposits)

Guillain-Barre syndrome

Myeloma

Lead neuropathy

Vitamin B12 deficiency

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Box 42-19 Predominantly Sensory Neuropathies and Neuronopathies

Idiopathic sensory neuropathy

Carcinoma

Paraneoplastic

Lymphoma

Pyridoxine toxicity

Paraproteinemias

Sjögren's syndrome

Crohn's disease

Primary biliary sclerosis

Hereditary neuropathies

Vitamin E deficiency

Friedreich's ataxia

Medications

Chronic gluten enteropathy

Cisplatin

Nonsystemic vasculitic neuropathy

Metronidazole

Styrene-induced peripheral neu-

Misonidazole

ropathy

Thalidomide

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Box 42-20 Neuropathies with Autonomic Symptoms

Diabetic neuropathy

Human immunodeficiency virus

Amyloidosis

Porphyria

Thiamine deficiency

Thallium, mercury, arsenic toxicity

Alcoholic neuropathy

Dysautonomia (Riley-Day)

Guillain-Barre syndrome

Lymphoma

Vincristine toxicity

Paraneoplastic neuropathy

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Box 42-21 Neuropathies with Cranial Nerve Involvement

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