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Medicine For Birth Injury
LGA babies: Large for gestational age infants are at higeher risk for birth injury, the most common is clavicular fx, which is generally dxed and treated with good results. Related type of injury brachial palsy may not have good prognosis, specially if the brachial nerve has sustained severe injury. ...Read more
Birth injury: Birth injury = damage or impairment to a neonate's health occurring during the delivery process. ...Read more
Birth injuries: Cerebral palsy is a symptom complex comprised of increase or decrease in muscle tone and variable degrees of developmental delay. CP is a devastating condition for the family to deal with and unfortunately the family almost always blames the obstetrician's error as causing this problem. Many of these children have had intra-uterine insults due to maternal medications, illegal drugs, alcohol etc. ...Read more
Ask a lawyer: This is a legal question best answered by an attorney familiar with the laws in your state, regarding this matter. ...Read more
See below: Cerebral palsy can be caused by random genetic mutation before the birth, maternal infection during pregnancy, fetal stroke during pregnancy, or a lack of oxygen to the brain during labor and delivery. This is why the baby is constantly monitored during labor to make sure that they are safe and doing well. Cerebral palsy can also occur after birth due to head trauma and/or infections. ...Read more
Can a birth injury such as shoulder displasia, which was not x-rayed, be detremined at a later date to have caused a broken clavicle?
Word confusion: Shoulder dysplasia is a term that describes a shoulder that didn't form right. Shoulder dystocia describes difficulty getting the shoulder to come out after the head is out during delivery. The clavicle is the most often broken bone in the body & can crack with or without recognized difficulty at delivery. It may take a day or so for swelling & lack of use to be recognized & DX made. ...Read more
Brachial plexus RX: Early DX and pt of this condition results in good outcome, pt should continue until such time that the affected arm has normal strength and range of motion as the un-injured arm and there is no muscle atrophy present. ...Read more
I have generalized dystonia from a birth injury. 3 years ago I had uveitis then cataract surgery. Is dystonia related to this?
More complex: You describe a possible genetic disorder or even an acquired problem superimposed on your birth injury. Uveitis and cataracts at the age of 26 is quite unusual and indicates a need to get your problems clearly and fully diagnosed. Get an appointment at a nearby medical school and find out why all of this has occurred. ...Read more
Cerebral palsy is a: Group of disorders of impaired motor functions described by limitations of mobility & hand use. Fetal brain malformations or ⬇ed blood flow/oxygen can occur from the 3rd week of gestation till term, especially near the end of the 2nd trimester. Asphyxia during labor & delivery or in the first years of life accounts for ~ 10 of cases, in whom hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is diagnosed. ...Read more
I was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cerebral palsy which I have from a birth injury. I had a peg tube because I still can't swallow.?
GI dysmotility?: Doubt Botox caused swallowing problem. When did that begin? I would recommend getting a second opinion, as birth injury is not usually associated with CP. Did they try nasogastric or nasojejeunal tube feeding? Did a GI doc do an esophageal motility and gastric emptying time study? Do you have other organ system problems, like dysautonomia, muscle/joint pain, autoimmune? Possibly mitochondrial ...Read more
It varies: Some women feel they have somehow failed if they have a c-section. There is certainly a group that feels, not totally without justification, that physicians are too quick and too cavalier with c-sections. A truly emergency c-section can be very scary and traumatic with little time to explain things. On the other side are those that request a c-section without even trying labor. ...Read more
Large babies: A large baby has a higher risk of birth trauma because the shoulders may be too large to easily be delivered. The condition is called a shoulder dystocia and it isn't easy to predict. If the shoulders get stuck, the baby needs to be turned in the birth canal or have its arm delivered in a special way. ...Read more
C/S: Elective c/s are now becoming more popular. This procedure on the whole minimizes birth trauma and possible problems with labor. This is still surgery & there are risks associated with this procedure even if it is common place. A thorough discussion shd be had with your OB before choosing this option. ...Read more
Why do people who had to have c sections talk about birth trauma? I am just happy to have a healthy baby
See below: Every person has a different tolerance to pain. Some can't handle any, while others should be in pain but don't need anything. There is probably a psychological component involved with some people as well. ...Read more
In may 2012, I went to my gynaecologist because of a bumpon my cervix. She said that it might be because of a birth trauma. My pap smear was ok. Now I feel two tiny bumpson my cervix. Can it be cancer?
My baby is suffering from facial nerve palsy due to birth trauma (as she cannot close her one eye and move her lip of left side while crying) please help?
Complex: If this is a rather recent birth, there may be spontaneous resolution within the next 6-8 weeks, but if this has been chronic, likely best to see a pediatric neurosurgeon, and discuss management. There may be some remote benefit to some medications and perhaps vitamin b-1, thiamine, and even less potential with steroids, but might be worth checking into. ...Read more
Macrosomia: Macrosomia or large for gestational age infants are at high risk of birth injury. Jcaho is monitoring all the maternity hospitals for prevention of these types of injuries ranging from clavicular fractures to brachial palsy and CNS injuries physicicians' malpractice insurers have workshops and/or training courses to detect macrosomia before vaginal delivery and consider c-section. ...Read more
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 more
I was involved in a car accident in 2011 and one of my injuries was a hip dislocation. I was wondering if a successful virginal birth is possible?
Pelvic fractures: If the injury did not result in a serious pelvic fracture, then it is unlikely to have any effect in the size of the birth canal. ...Read more
Comment of previous injury to the nerve that affects my first rib pain (ligament tear)! I have a twisted c2/c3 from birth. Can this affect it?
Probably no: Ribs usually come off the thoracic vertebrae. C2/c3 are cervical vertebrae and would be positioned way higher than the first rib would normally be. ...Read more
Is it okay to use ultrasound heat therapy on my thoracic area due to injury but there is also a cyst on my spine that's been there since birth?
I twisted my right knee and ankle on 7/26/12. I had an MRI on 4/29/13, after the birth of my son. The MRI showed an injury to meniscus. Why is the pain worsening after physicaltherapy? What should I do next?
I have had 3 7-day periods in the past 6 weeks. What could cause this? I am 23 years old have alwyas had normal 7-day cycles have been taking pain meds for 3 years due to neck and lower back injuries no change in sexual activity gave vaginal birth in oct
This is a situation that warrants a medical evaluation. This type of abnormal bleeding can be due to hormonal changes, fibroids (benign tumors of the uterus), pregnancy, etc. You will need a visit with your doctor for a pap smear if not done in the past year, blood and/or urine testing, and possibly an order for a pelvic ultrasound. Depending on the results your doctor may want to start you on a birth control pills to stabilize your hormones thus controlling your period.
Good luck. ...Read more
What could of made my left hand swell for 4 days? I'm 7 days late on my period. No birth control. No injuries.
How can I find out if my underactive thyroid is from iodine deficiency? Could my underactive thyroid be from a muscle injury or birth control?
Check it out: Have your doctor check it out with a blood test. ...Read more
Parents suspect brain injury in 2 year old girl with developmental delays and hypertonia from birth. Neurologist refuse's mri. What can be done?
Second opinion.: If unsatisfied with current care please seek a second opinion. ...Read more
Please discuss: This directly with your doctor before hand so that you are well informed. Knowledge is power. ...Read more
No: There are no reports of it affecting bcp;s or the Depo-Provera provers shot. ...Read more
Yes: But u should get an in office tubal if u wnat no more kids safer than pills at your age, easy takes 5 minutes, no incisions, miss a few hours of work, my pts saty awake and have no discomfort. ...Read more
Antibiotics: Most commonly antibiotics can make birth control pills less efficient. So, use a back up method if taking antibiotics and birth control pills. ...Read more
please let your mother know you are pregnant (yes, she might be very upset but would be more so if you did not confide with her.)
you must definitely see an obstetrician. ...Read more
What dors rubella poss. Mean on my pspers about mr giving birth does it have to do with using drugs?
Indicates imunity: A positive test for rubella immunity indicates your body has been exposed to wild rubella or the rubella vaccine & developed protective antibodies to it. If you are female, it means you will not pass rubella to your fetus if u are exposed to the illness during pregnancy & get the disease. ...Read more
My 8 month old has suffered allergies sense birth and we have tried countless medicines what else can I do to help his allergies?
At 8 month old, he is not likely to be suffering from seasonal allergies yet...As allergies require prior exposure. Since he is 8 month-old, he has not gone through 2 of same season yet. "countless medicines" for 8 monh-old is concerning.
It is possible that he may be allergic/intolerant to certain foods and so working with his doc may help you figure out ways to manage that. Good luck. ...Read more
After giving birth, I got this problem that I cannot contain or hold my urine. Why is that? Is there any medicine for that? Thank you.
So sorry: That problem is super common and so annoying, I'm so sorry you're going through that. The best is to have an exam by your gynecologist or a urogynecologist. There are home exercises (kegels) you can do, bladder training. You may need surgery, but a trained gynecologist or urogynecologist can determine that. ...Read more