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2022 Aug




Parsonage-Turner Syndrome Following Covishield (AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) Vaccination: A Case Report.


Lakkireddy M, Sathu S, Kumar R, Madhu Latha K, Maley D K
Cureus. 2022 Aug; 14(8):e27867.
PMID: 36120199.


Parsonage-Turner Syndrome (PTS) is a rare neurological disorder involving brachial plexus and periscapular muscles following viral infection, surgery, and vaccination. We hereby describe the first case of PTS from India following Covishield (AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) COVID-19 vaccination. A 21-year-old healthy male presented to us with complaints of pain and weakness in the right shoulder five weeks after Covishield vaccination on the contralateral deltoid. There was no history of injury or constitutional symptoms. On examination, hyperalgesia over the area innervated by the axillary nerve and wasting of the deltoid, supra, and infraspinatus muscles were noted. An MRI scan of the shoulder, cervical spine, and brachial plexus neurogram were normal. Decreased motor amplitude in right axillary and musculocutaneous nerve was recorded in the nerve conduction study (NCS). High titers of SARS-COV-2 IgG neutralizing antibodies were noted after a single dose of vaccination and SARS CoV-2 IgM antibodies were negative. Having been diagnosed with post-vaccination PTS, the right shoulder was splinted and an intravenous injection of 1g methylprednisolone was administered for three days followed by oral steroids for three weeks. NCS and electromyography at 10 weeks showed insignificant differences between the two sides suggesting early neurological recovery. Currently, the patient is being followed up regularly for complete neurological recovery. PTS is a known side effect of vaccination. We report the index case of PTS following the administration of Covishield vaccination from India to aid in early diagnosis and management, further evaluation, and public health safety.