What is the international incidence of brachial neuritis (BN)?

Updated: May 06, 2020
  • Author: Nigel L Ashworth, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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In the United Kingdom, the incidence of brachial neuritis is approximately 3 per 100,000 person-years. [22] Brachial neuritis has also been described in many countries around the world, although specific rates of incidence have not been reported.

A prospective cohort study from the Netherlands suggested that the incidence of brachial neuritis is many times higher than currently thought. Using data from two primary care institutions, the study, by van Alfen and colleagues, found that out of 492 patients with new-onset neck, shoulder, or arm complaints, 14 were confirmed to have brachial neuropathy, putting the 1-year incidence rate for the condition at 1 per 1000 persons. According to the investigators, this indicated an incidence for the condition that is 30-50 times greater than currently believed. [23]


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