A misapprehension as to the frequency of brachial neuritis and of sciatic neuritis or sciatica I believe to be quite general. At any rate, I do know that in the profession at large, as I meet it, the diagnosis of these diseases is made altogether too frequently.
BRACHIAL NEURITIS AND SHOULDER ARTHRITIS
A careful review of my records (private practice) for the last ten years shows that, of the patients referred to me supposedly with brachial neuritis, only about one in ten really had it. Approximately four fifths were cases of arthritis of the shoulder joint. The other one tenth was made up of cases of bursitis, syphilis, neoplasm, cervical rib, postherpetic pain, osteomyelitis, cervical caries and cervical arthritis. Indeed, when a patient states that he has for some time been troubled with neuritis of the shoulder or arm, one is pretty safe in assuming that it is something else,
PATRICK HT. BRACHIAL NEURITIS AND SCIATICA. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(26):2176–2179. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590530018010
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