Brachial plexus injuries are a complication that can arise from the attempted birth of a baby too large for the mother’s pelvis. It is characterized by nerve damage in the arm, and is a result of shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia is a common birthing condition which happens when a baby’s shoulder catches on the mother’s pubic bone after the baby’s head has been delivered. The physician or OB must work quickly to avoid serious complications, such as the brachial palsy.
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that controls movement of the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers. The extent of nerve damage will impact the severity of the brachial plexus injury. In milder cases, a baby’s injury may heal on its own within months. In more severe cases, babies may suffer from limp or paralyzed arms. The extent of the injury will dictate whether the treatment requires only physical therapy or if it needs surgery.
Serious obstetrical brachial plexus injuries, such as cases where the nerve ruptures, can mean that infants will need surgery to avoid permanent damage. It is crucial for a doctor to correctly diagnosis this injury immediately after the birth.
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