Hereditary Neuralgic Amyotrophy Resource Page

The primary purpose of this web page is to provide a list of resources for hereditary neuralgic amyotropy (HNA). It is also known as hereditary brachial plexus neuropathy and neuritis with brachial predilection. Sometimes the term familial is used instead of hereditary.

This page lists articles, chapters, books, abstracts, theses and web pages on HNA. I will add to the list as I find time to enter more (just getting started on 1/27/2017). Many of these resources also discuss the non-hereditary form of HNA, known as idiopathic neuralgic amyotrophy or Parsonage-Turner syndrome.

I was positively diagonosed with HNA in 2008 when I was gentically tested at the University of Washington to confirm that I have a mutation of the SEPT9 gene that has been linked to HNA in roughly half of the known cases. I am one the subjects in the Dunn et al. (1978) paper listed below.

Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any experience with HNA or comments/questions about HNA or anything on this page.


Chance, P.F., Inherited Focal, Episodic Neuropathies, NeuroMolecular Medicine, 8, 159-173, 2006.

Dunn, H.G., Daube J.R., Gomez M.R. Heredofamilial brachial plexus neuropathy (hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy with brachial predilection) in childhood. Dev Med Child Neurol, 20, 28-46, 1978.

Hannibal, M.C. et al., SEPT9 gene sequencing analysis reveals recurrent mutations in hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy, Neurology, 72, 1755-1759, 2009.

Klein, C.J., Windebank A.J. Hereditary brachial plexus neuropathy. In: Dyck P.J., Thomas P.K., eds. Peripheral Neuropathy. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 1753-1767, 2005.

Klein, C.J. et al., SEPT9 Mutations and a Conserved 17q25 Sequence in Sporadic and Hereditary Brachial Plexus Neuropathy, Archives of Neurology, 66, 238-243, 2009.

OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man) Herditary neuralgic amyotrophy

van Alfen, N., The neuralgic amyotrophy consultation, J. Neurol., 254, 695-704, 2007.

van Alfen, N., Hannibal, M.C., Chance, P.F., van Engelen, B.G.M., Herditary neuralgic amyotrophy, GeneReviews, NCBI book.

van Alfen, N., van Engelen B.G.M. The clinical spectrum of neuralgic amyotrophy in 246 cases. Brain, 129, 438-450, 2006.

van Alfen, N., van Engelen B.G.M., Reinders J.W.C., Kremer H., Gabreels F.J.M. The natural history of hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy in the Dutch population: two distinct types? Brain, 123, 718-23, 2000.

VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology. Defect In Gene Causes Neuralgic Amyotrophy, ScienceDaily, 27 September 2005.

Wikipedia Hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy