What is radial mononeuropathy?

Updated: Jun 14, 2018
  • Author: Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Radial neuropathies result from injury due to penetrating wounds or fractures of the arm, compression, or ischemia. Most commonly, they present with a wrist drop. The pattern of clinical involvement is dependent on the level of injury. [1]

Radial neuropathies can occur from surgical procedures such as humeral nailing performed to stabilize an acute humeral fracture. [2]

The terms Saturday night palsy and honeymooner's palsy refer to the concept of placing one's arm over another chair, with the resultant pressure causing injury to the radial nerve.


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