Birth Injuries: Erb's Palsy Causes
Erb's Palsy usually occurs due to brachial plexus stretch injuries which happen during problematic deliveries. These includes a baby being particularly large, having a prolonged labour, a breech presentation or if the baby need to be delivered quickly and force is requires to pull the baby from the birth canal. If the baby's neck is stretched to one side during any of these scenarios then the nerves can be damaged and injury results.
In many cases the upper nerves are affected and this is known as Erb's Palsy. The baby may not be able to move the affected arm although he may be able to move his fingers. However, where both the upper and lower nerves are damaged then the condition can be more severe and becomes known as global or total brachial plexus birth palsy.
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Further Information about Erb's Palsy
Information about Erb's Palsy/ Brachial plexus is available from EPG
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