Parsonage-Turner Syndrome after SARS-CoV-2 BNT162b2 Vaccine: A Case Report

Jason R. Coffman, Amanda C. Randolph, Jeremy S. Somerson

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Case:Parsonage-Turner syndrome, also known as brachial neuritis or neuralgic amyotrophy, is characterized by sudden-onset pain and subsequent weakness of the shoulder. Known precipitating factors include viral and bacterial infections and certain immunizations. Isolated cases after severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection have been reported. We report the case of a 66-year-old woman with right shoulder dysfunction and medial scapular winging after immunization with the SARS-CoV-2 BNT162b2 vaccine (Pfizer).Conclusion:After physical therapy, the patient resumed her normal activities of daily living. Findings from this case represent the first known documentation of Parsonage-Turner syndrome after SARS-CoV-2 BNT162b2 vaccination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere21.00370
JournalJBJS Case Connector
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 24 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • BNT162b2 vaccine
  • Parsonage-Turner syndrome
  • Pfizer
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • adverse events
  • brachial neuritis
  • neuralgic amyotrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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