Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 239--242

Parsonage-Turner syndrome following chikungunya virus infection: A case report


Luis Arthur Brasil Gadelha Farias1, Marina Vasconcelos Sampaio2, Antônio Carlos Delgado Sampaio3, Roberto da Justa Pires Neto4, Jorge Luiz Nobre Rodrigues5 
1 School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
2 School of Medicine, Universitary Center Christus (Unichristus), Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
3 Orthopedic Department, São Carlos Hospital, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
4 School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará; Hospital São José de Doenças Infecciosas, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
5 School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará; Infectology Service, Walter Cantídeo University Hospital, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Luis Arthur Brasil Gadelha Farias
Juazeiro do Norte St, number 333, Ed. Rui Castelo Branco, apto° 102, Meireles, CEP: 60165-110. Fortaleza, Ceará
Brazil

Rationale: Parsonage-Turner syndrome is a rare syndrome of unknown etiology, affecting mainly the lower motor neurons of the brachial plexus. Chikungunya fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease characterized by acute fever and polyarthritis/polyarthralgia. Patient concerns: A 54-year-old Brazilian male patient who presented with a 2-day history of fever (temperature 38.8 °C), arthralgia, erythematous rash, diffuse osteomuscular pain and headache, which evolved into left shoulder pain associated with morning stiffness. Diagnosis: Parsonage-Turner syndrome and chikungunya fever. Interventions: Symptomatic treatment (a combination of short-acting dypirone (500 mg every 6 h) and slow-release opioids (tramadol 100 mg every 4 h) and physiotherapy/rehabilitation with improvement. Outcomes: The patient was improved and discharged, remaining with symptomatic treatment and physiotherapy/rehabilitation. Lessons: To the best of our knowledge, there were no reports of Parsonage-Turner syndrome following chikungunya virus infection. Awareness of the possibility of this rare association is important. The present case report highlights the importance of awareness of this association as a new cause of morbidity in patients with chikungunya virus infection.


How to cite this article:
Farias LA, Sampaio MV, Sampaio AC, Pires Neto RJ, Rodrigues JL. Parsonage-Turner syndrome following chikungunya virus infection: A case report.Asian Pac J Trop Med 2019;12:239-242


How to cite this URL:
Farias LA, Sampaio MV, Sampaio AC, Pires Neto RJ, Rodrigues JL. Parsonage-Turner syndrome following chikungunya virus infection: A case report. Asian Pac J Trop Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 Aug 18 ];12:239-242
Available from: https://www.apjtm.org/article.asp?issn=1995-7645;year=2019;volume=12;issue=5;spage=239;epage=242;aulast=Farias;type=0