Brachial Neuritis

Brachial neuritis is a form of peripheral neuropathy that affects the chest, shoulder, arm and hand. In rare cases, the onset of brachial neuritis has followed the administration of tetanus-containing vaccines and other vaccinations.

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What is Brachial Neuritis?

Peripheral neuropathy is a neurological disorder that affects the nerves responsible for carrying signals from the central nervous system to other parts of the body. Brachial neuritis, which may also be called brachial neuropathy or Parsonage Turner Syndrome, specifically affects the lower nerves of the brachial plexus, in the arm and hand.

There are two types of brachial neuritis:

  • Acute brachial neuritis occurs unexpectedly and has no known cause.
  • Brachial plexus injury occurs secondary to another injury. For example, babies can injure the brachial plexus when they pass through the birth canal during labor.

Symptoms associated with brachial neuritis may include:

  • Severe pain in the upper arm or shoulder, usually affecting just one side of the body.
  • The pain transitions to weakness, limpness, or paralysis within a few hours or days.
  • Lack of muscle control in the shoulder or arm.
  • Lack of sensation or feeling in the shoulder or arm.

Brachial neuritis is a long-term condition, as symptoms generally resolve slowly over a period of months or even years.  Corticosteroids may be prescribed for pain relief during this time.

If brachial neuritis occurs secondary to another injury, surgery to treat the underlying injury may be an option.

Brachial Neuritis and Vaccines

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program’s  (NVICP) Vaccine Injury Table lists brachial neuritis as a covered condition for vaccines that contain tetanus toxoids, including the DTaP, DTP, DT, Td, and TT vaccinations.

Under the NVICP’s guidelines, a vaccine injury is presumed to be covered if:

  • The injury meets the definition included in the table.
  • The first symptom of the condition occurred within the time period specified by the table.

The time frame for the onset for brachial neuritis after having received a tetanus-containing vaccine is 2-28 days.

Victims of brachial neuritis may still be able to obtain compensation via the NVICP if they suspect the condition was caused by another type of vaccines. In fact, a review of the Court of Federal Claims website indicates that many brachial neuritis cases involving the flu vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, and MMR vaccine have been settled through the program.

Call Now for Your Free, No-Obligation Vaccine Injury Consultation

Victims of vaccine-related brachial neuritis may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Past and future medical bills

To obtain your free, no-obligation vaccine injury consultation, please call our office today at (888) 994-5118.

  1. Johns Hopkins Medicine (N.D.) “Brachial Neuritis”,33
  2. HRSA (2018) “National Vaccine Compensation Program”
  3. HRSA (2017) “Covered Vaccines”
  4. Court of Federal Claims (N.D.) “Vaccine Claims/Office of Special Master”
Last Modified: July 9, 2018

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