What are the signs and symptoms of radial mononeuropathy?

Updated: Jun 14, 2018
  • Author: Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
  • Print

Symptoms are dependent on the site of the lesion.

  • The most common reported symptom is wrist drop.

  • If the lesion is high above the elbow, then numbness of the forearm and hand may be an additional symptom.

  • If the lesion is in the forearm, sensation typically is spared despite the wrist drop.

    • Pain in the forearm resembling tennis elbow may be prominent.

    • This presentation is initially acute for several days to weeks.

  • If the lesion is at the wrist, patients report isolated sensory changes and paresthesias over the back of the hand without motor weakness.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!