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What is brachial plexus injury?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Nerve damage: The brachial plexus is a complex of nerves arising from the neck and innervating the upper back, and arm. This can be injured by puncture wounds, direct trauma or falling asleep when intoxicated with the arm over the edge of a chair. Many important functions are served by this set of nerves. If you have concerns about this, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment if possible.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for brachial plexus injury?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 24 years experience
EMG/NCS: Electromyography combined with a nerve conduction study is the standard of care test for a brachial plexus injury. However, the test may not abnormal unless the injury occurred 2-3 weeks or more prior to the test. An MRI can detect more severe brachial plexus injuries. Of course, no test is a substitute for a good history and physical exam.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

So what are the symptoms of brachial plexus injuries?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 18 years experience
Pain and weakness: Brachial plexus injuries typically present with pain or weakness in the shoulder or arm on the affected side. It is a very complicated piece of anatomy, but by seeing what parts of the limb are affected (and possibly doing electrical testing) a neurologist can often narrow down the specific are of plexus involved.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is a brachial plexus injury like?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
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.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are brachial plexus injuries hereditary?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Child birth injury: Brachial plexus injury can be caused during child birth - if there is birthing difficulty.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Baby has brachial plexus injury. Why?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Most likely from: Delivery method some time the brachial plexus injury happened from traction on certain part of body in process of delivering the baby. Good luck.

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