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What is erbs palsy?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
Erb's palsy: Is a paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the upper group of the arm's main nerves, specifically the upper trunk c5-c6 is severed. These injuries arise most commonly, but not exclusively, during a difficult birth. Depending on the nature of the damage, the paralysis can either resolve on its own over a period of months, necessitate rehabilitative therapy, or require surgery.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
The palsy does not require severing of these nerves. The most common presentation is after a difficult birth when traction on the shoulder strains the nerve group produces loss of function. It is only in the weeks to come when the associated swelling subsides that you can determine if the problem is from the swelling or an actual tearing/severing of the nerve.
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