What is neuritis with brachial predilection in Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease?

Updated: Feb 19, 2019
  • Author: Francisco de Assis Aquino Gondim, MD, PhD, MSc, FAAN; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Dreschfeld in 1886 may have been the first to recognize this condition when he described a woman with 3 episodes of painful arm weakness, whose sister had experienced 7 such attacks. Jacob et al in 1961 described in 7 patients of 2 unrelated families 14 similar episodes of recurrent brachial neuritis with incapacitating pain, weakness, wasting, depression of reflexes, and sensory loss. The legs were involved, and arm involvement was severe. [20] In 1973, Guillozet and Mercer described a similar condition in 3 generations of a family. [21] At times, the lower cranial nerves and sympathetic nervous system are involved as well.

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