Cranial Nerve Involvement in Neuralgic Amyotrophy
Pietro E Doneddu*, Elia Sechi, Alberto Addis, Giulia Fadda, Chiara Fois and GianPietro Sechi
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Sassari, viale san Pietro, Sassari, Italy
- *Corresponding Author:
- Pietro Emiliano Doneddu
Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale
UOC di Neurologia, Viale San Pietro 10, Sassari, 07100, Italy
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Received date: September 01, 2016; Accepted date: October 26, 2016; Published date: October 31, 2016
Citation: Doneddu PE, Sechi E, Addis A, Fadda G, Fois C, et al. (2016) Cranial Nerve Involvement in Neuralgic Amyotrophy. J Neurol Neurophysiol 7:399. doi:10.4172/2155-9562.1000399
Copyright: © 2016 Doneddu PE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Neuralgic Amyotrophy (NA) is generally conceived as a multifocal neuropathy of the brachial plexus. However, different atypical forms with the involvement of other peripheral nerves, such as the lumbosacral plexus, the intercostal and the phrenic nerve and the cranial nerves (CNs), have been reported in the literature. In an attempt to shed more light on the atypical presentation of NA with CN involvement, we summarized the most relevant features of all cases of idiopathic NA with CN palsy, published up to January 2016. CN involvement in NA usually occurs with concomitant classic brachial plexopathy. Less frequently, CN palsy is the unique manifestation of the syndrome. In these cases, clinical suspicion and imaging studies are essential for a correct diagnosis, which may have therapeutic and prognostic relevance.