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Brachial Plexus Birth Injury
If my first son had a brachial plexus injury at birth, what are the chances that my next child will as well?
Variable: In general, brachial plexus injury is not felt to be hereditary. However, depending on the cause of the injury, there may be increased risk with subsequent pregnancies. For example, if the woman has an unusually small pelvis, or tendency to have unusually large babies (e.g., due to diabetes) the chance for difficulty during vaginal delivery, and subsequent brachial plexus injury, is increased. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be bad: Traumatic brachial plexus injuries such as those from motor vehicle accidents cause severe weakness and paralysis of the upper extremity. In it's worst instance, the nerve roots can be avulsed from the spinal cord causing this condition. It can require nerve transfers and complex nerve repair surgery by a specialist in this type of injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arm paralysis.: Brachial plexus injuries (usually congenital) are serious morbid conditions resulting from trauma on the nerves travelling from the neck to the arm. They cause permanent paralysis of the affected arm. Physical therapy can help. Fortunately, this complication occurs very rarely even in cases of shoulder dystocia; its overall incidence is 0.04 to 0.2% of live births. ...Read more
No: The cervical plexus can be stretched during delivery.After the head is out, it is pulled forward & angled up or down to get the shoulders & rest of baby out.If the plexus responds with swelling around the nerves, transient loss of function(dys/wks) may be found.If the nerves are damaged by the stretch, nerves may be permanently damaged.This is birth trauma any kid could get.It is not hereditary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How is the brachial plexus nerves reconstructed after injury? Is there a timeframe for them to be reconstructed?
Complex: Brachial plexus repair is complex. Repair earlier than 9-12 months is associated with better outcomes, if repair is possible. ...Read more
Possibly: But the results will be short-lived. However if you have scar tissue developing there, maybe scar mobilization exercises might help. Suggest seeing a sports medicine trained Physical Medicine & Rehab Doctor that can help you with your recovery from this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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