Neuralgic amyotrophy associated with Bartonella henselae infection

Cari J. Stek, Jeroen J.J. Van Eijk*, Bart C. Jacobs, Roelien H. Enting, Herman G. Sprenger, Nens Van Alfen, Sander Van Assen

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We report three patients with a brachial plexus neuropathy diagnosed as neuralgic amyotrophy (NA) preceded by a proven Bartonella henselae infection. Neuralgic amyotrophy is a disabling disease involving the brachial plexus, with attacks of severe shoulder and arm pain followed by weakness and sensory involvement. Several observations support the hypothesis of an immune-mediated genesis. First, brachial plexus biopsies of NA patients in the (sub)acute stage show inflammatory changes.3 Second, antiganglioside antibodies are reported to be associated with NA. Third, several immune-triggering events, most frequently infections (50%), are known to precede NA. Various micro-organisms preceding NA have been reported (see table 1) but not yet B henselae. [...]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-708
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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