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What is plexplexopathy?

Plexopathy is a disorder of the network of nerves in the brachial or lumbosacral plexus. Symptoms include pain, muscle weakness, and sensory deficits (numbness). There are two main types of plexopathy, based on the location of the symptoms: brachial plexopathy (affecting the arm) and lumbosacral plexopathy (affecting the leg).

What is brachial plexopathy?

Brachial plexopathy occurs when the brachial plexus is not operating correctly, causing a lack of movement and lack of feeling in the arm and shoulder. It can be caused by disease, most commonly an autoimmune disorder that can cause a painful neuritis in the shoulder.

What are some non-nontraumatic plexopathies?

Nontraumatic plexopathies include neuralgic amyotrophy (sometimes called Parsonage- Turner syndrome or idiopathic brachial plexopathy), hereditary brachial plexopathy, neoplastic or radiation induced brachial plexopathy and neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome to mention a few

What are traumatic plexopathies and how do they occur?

Most Traumatic plexopathies are the result of traction and stretch injuries. Severe traction injuries may result in damage to the roots as well as the plexus. Root avulsions are when the nerve roots are torn and axons are damaged beyond repair. They often occur in combination with brachial plexus injuries.

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