Case:A 33-year-old woman presented with a six-month history of spontaneous radial nerve palsy and no identified lesion on imaging. She underwent operative exploration where an hourglass deformity was seen and resected. Pathology returned as a rare tumor, a myofibroma. The patient regained full radial nerve function.Conclusions:A trial of observation is often indicated in the cases of isolated nerve palsy where anatomic lesions have been eliminated. This case highlights that imaging studies can miss a tumor involving nerve and that painless, spontaneous nerve palsy may be a time where early surgical intervention offers a better chance of recovery.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine