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Parsonage Turner syndrome caused by Staphylococcus aureus spondylodiscitis
  1. Robyn Brown,
  2. Jamie O'Callaghan and
  3. Noel Peter
  1. Trauma and Orthopaedics, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robyn Brown; robyn.brown2{at}


Parsonage Turner syndrome (otherwise known as PTS, neuralgic amyotrophy or acute brachial neuritis) is a rare, but clinically significant cause of atraumatic shoulder girdle pain and weakness. Diagnosis is primarily clinical and can be challenging due to its heterogeneous presentation. A case of PTS following systemic infection from Staphylococcus aureus spondylodiscitis is presented. Timely consideration of the diagnosis prevented unnecessary investigation and allowed effective rehabilitation. This is the first case of PTS preceded by S. aureus infection. PTS should be considered in those presenting with acute, atraumatic shoulder dysfunction after systemic infection.

  • musculoskeletal syndromes
  • orthopaedics
  • peripheral nerve disease
  • radiology
  • physiotherapy (rehabilitation)

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  • Contributors NP conceived of the presented idea and supervised the findings of this work. JOC collected all clinical information pertaining to the case. RB performed the literature review and took the lead in writing the manuscript. All authors provided critical feedback and helped shape the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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