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Birth injuries can cause a significant amount of damage to a child, particularly if the physician isn’t paying attention or doesn’t know what he or she is doing. Brachial palsy is one of the side effects that can happen during a difficult delivery. If your child was injured by the negligence of a medical professional, make sure you seek compensation for the medical care they may need as a result.
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What Causes Brachial Palsy?
A brachial plexus is a group of nerves around the shoulder. During a difficult delivery, an injury can be caused when the baby’s shoulder stretch too much during delivery, when there is too much pressure on the baby’s raised arms during a breech delivery, or when the infant’s head and neck pull toward the side as the shoulders pass through the birth canal.
Typically, those who have a breech delivery are more likely to give birth to an infant with a damaged brachial plexus. Likewise, a larger-than-average newborn can cause issues with a vaginal birth. Also, if there is a problem delivering the baby’s shoulder after the head has already come out, the shoulder’s position could cause injury to the brachial plexus.
Symptoms of Brachial Palsy
Brachial plexus palsy most often affects the upper arm only. It is also known as Duchenne-Erb or Erb-Duchenne paralysis. Klumpke paralysis affects the lower arm and is a much rarer condition.
This type of condition can cause the following symptoms:
- No movement in the child’s upper or lower arm or hand
- Arm bent at the elbow and held against the body
- Decreased grip on the affected side
- Absent Moro reflex (spreading and un-spreading the arms when the infant feels like he or she is falling) on the affected side
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