brachioplexus palsy

Brachioplexus Palsy

Brachioplexus Palsy is a complication of vaginal delivery, commonly caused by shoulder dystocia.

Complications of Brachioplexus Palsy

Brachial Plexus Injury

The brachial plexus, a group of nerves running from the spinal cord through the arm to the wrist and the hand, are directly implicated in brachioplexus palsy. Injuries such as Erb's Palsy are results of shoulder dystocia, a preventable birth injury that is strains the brachial plexus nerves traveling through the neck. These birth injuries damage the nerves that control hand, arm, and shoulder muscles.

Signs & Symptoms of Brachioplexus Palsy

  • Decrease in sensation in the arm or hand
  • No muscle control or feeling in the arm or hand
  • Ability to move arms, but little movement in wrist and hand
  • Ability to use hands, but no use of shoulder or elbow
  • Paralysis in arm and limp, hanging fingers
  • Facial paralysis on affected side Inability to sit up without assistance
  • Limp or paralyzed arm
  • Lack of muscle control in arm

Brachioplexus Palsy Warning Signs

Brachioplexus warning signs include a type of diabetes known as "gestational diabetes", overweight or obese mothers, women with a small pelvis, women with a history of birthing large babies, and pregnancy that goes beyond normal term. Women with these symptoms are at risk of having a baby suffering from brachioplexus palsy.

Preventing Brachioplexus Palsy

Doctors and obstetricians can prevent brachioplexus palsy by anticipating these early warning signs and taking steps to keep the injury from happening. Even if the birth injury wasn't anticipated, the obstetrician should know how to prevent the injury during labor and delivery. If the injury does occur, it could be a result of medical negligence or malpractice. If you believe or want to find out if your child's brachioplexus injuries could have been prevented or were a result of medical malpractice, negligence, misdiagnosis, or not diagnosed at all, contact our birth injury attorneys. When doctors, nurses, staff, and medical facilities fall below the minimum standard of skill and care to which their profession demands, medical malpractice and negligence is an unfortunate but likely result. At the Rasansky Law Firm, we question why these healthcare professionals failed to do everything possible to prevent your child's injuries. We regularly consult with Board Certified Obstetrician Gynecologists, Maternal Fetal Specialists, Neonatologists, and Pediatric Neurologists to determine whether your child's injuries should have been prevented. Does your child suffer from symptoms of brachioplexus palsy? Contact the Rasansky Law Firm online, or call our offices anytime at 1-877-659-1620 to discuss your child's situation with our experienced birth injury attorneys. In the complimentary consultation, our attorneys will review your experiences and situation and provide you information regarding your legal rights, options, and responsibilities.


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