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Brachial Plexis Palsy

Key Points about Brachial Plexus Palsy

  • Brachial plexus palsy in newborns is caused by injury to the nerve roots, or nerves to the arm, often during the birthing process.
  • About one to two in 1,000 full-term newborns experience brachial plexus palsy.
  • Depending on whether your baby’s nerves are stretched or torn, physical therapy or surgery may be necessary to treat the injury.
  • Risk factors for brachial plexus palsy may include: diabetes – preexisting or gestational, abnormal position of baby (especially breech), mid- or high-forceps delivery, large size and/or wide shoulders of baby
  • What is brachial plexus palsy?
  • How are brachial plexus injuries and palsies diagnosed?
  • How can you manage your child’s brachial plexus palsy?
  • What risk factors can cause brachial plexus palsy to occur?
  • What types of surgical options exist for brachial plexus palsies?
  • What are symptoms of brachial plexus palsy?
  • How are brachial plexus injuries treated?