Brachial plexus neuropathy - a rare manifestation of osteoarticular infection
Background: Brachial palsy is a rare condition beyond the neonatal period. Usually it is caused by physical mechanisms, but may be related with osteo-articular infections. There are few cases describing the association between these infections and true nerve paralysis. On the other hand, pseudo-paralysis or apparent weakness of a limb associated with septic arthritis or osteomyelitis is a well-documented phenomenon
Case Report: We describe three cases of osteoarticular infection manifested by flaccid limb paralysis without the typical systemic signs of infection. The timing of rcognition differed among the cases, as well as the therapeutic interventions and the outcome.
Discussion: Osteo-articular infections may go unrecognized in infancy. We highlight this rare manifestation of osteo-articular infection to avoid the delay in diagnosis and associated sequelae.
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