, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 106-111
Date: 22 Dec 2006

Cervical Radiculopathy vs Parsonage–Turner Syndrome: a Case Report

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Case report

A 42-year-old recreational cyclist presented with a 3-month history of right-sided neck pain. The patient experienced pain radiating to the right periscapular region and paresthesias in digits 1–3. The onset of the pain was sudden. She described the pain as intermittent and sharp, ranging from 8–10/10 on numeric pain rating scale. The pain was worse at nighttime, often so severe that it would wake her from sleep. She also noted severe headaches and right upper extremity numbness and weakness. She had visited the emergency room twice, both times being admitted to a neurology service because of the severe nature of the pain and what was described as atypical hemiplegia and migraines. A CT scan of the head and cervical spine and an MRI of the cervical spine were normal. The patient was discharged on pain medication, which included prednisone, depakote, zoloft, motrin, and topamax. There was no history of trauma, falls, or any inciting events. She had no history of bowel or blad ...