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Dr. Nader Ajluni
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Erb Duchenne Paralysis (Overview)

Erb Duchenne paralysis or Erb palsy is the temporary damage of the nerves of the brachial plexus (network of nerves in the shoulder area). It is most often seen as a birth injury due to stretching of nerves during a difficult birth (dystocia). Erb palsy can last for several months after birth.


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My son has erb-duchenne paralysis. Is that something serious?

My son has erb-duchenne paralysis. Is that something serious?

Most are transient: Occasionally the forces of delivery & position of the head & shoulder during the final moments of delivery put stress on the nerves exiting the neck to supply the shoulder & arm. Swelling around these nerves, will lead to changes in the position & movement of the affected arm in a pattern called erbs palsy.Most cases are transient & resolve in < 48hrs. Some will need therapy if persisting. ...Read more

Dr. Nader Ajluni
24 Doctors shared insights

Erb Duchenne Paralysis (Overview)

Erb Duchenne paralysis or Erb palsy is the temporary damage of the nerves of the brachial plexus (network of nerves in the shoulder area). It is most often seen as a birth injury due to stretching of nerves during a difficult birth (dystocia). Erb palsy can last for several months after birth.


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How long does treatment for erb duchenne paralysis take?

How long does treatment for erb duchenne paralysis take?

Erb Palsy Recovery: The treatment time depends on the type of recovery. Most erb's palsies will heal with therapy over 6-12 months. If surgery is required to improve function, the final result may take 2-3 years. Continued rehabilitation may be required for a lifetime if continued deficits are present. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent the symptoms of erb-duchenne paralysis?

Difficult to answer: Erb's palsy (erb-duchenne 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 functionally severed. The best way to prevent the symptoms is to avoid the injury in the first place. ...Read more

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What are the tests for erb-duchenne paralysis?

What are the tests for erb-duchenne paralysis?

Thorough exam first.: A thorough physical and neurological exam is a must; radiological and electrodiagnostic tests may also be needed. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for erb-duchenne paralysis?

What is the treatment for erb-duchenne paralysis?

Lots of PT.: Erb-duchenne paralysis, or neonatal brachial plexus palsy (bpp), usually is treated with extensive physical therapy (including a home regimen) and sometimes electrical muscle stimulation, splinting or taping. ...Read more

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What are the tests for erb-duchenne paralysis?

Thorough exam first.: A thorough physical and neurological exam is a must; radiological and electrodiagnostic tests may also be needed. ...Read more

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My son has erb-duchenne paralysis. Is that something serious?

Most are transient: Occasionally the forces of delivery & position of the head & shoulder during the final moments of delivery put stress on the nerves exiting the neck to supply the shoulder & arm. Swelling around these nerves, will lead to changes in the position & movement of the affected arm in a pattern called erbs palsy.Most cases are transient & resolve in < 48hrs. Some will need therapy if persisting. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Erb Duchenne paralysis?

What is the definition or description of: Erb Duchenne paralysis?

Erb Duchenne: Erb Duchenne paralysis or Erb palsy is the temporary damage of the nerves of the brachial plexus (network of nerves in the shoulder area). It is most often seen as a birth injury due to stretching of nerves during a difficult birth (dystocia). Erb palsy can last for several months after birth. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent the symptoms of erb-duchenne paralysis?

Difficult to answer: Erb's palsy (erb-duchenne 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 functionally severed. The best way to prevent the symptoms is to avoid the injury in the first place. ...Read more

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Can you get arm or nerve transplants for erb duchenne paralysis?

Can you get arm or nerve transplants for erb duchenne paralysis?

Yes: About 1 in 10 infants with brachial plexus injuries (cause of erb's palsy) recognized at birth requires surgical intervention, namely brachial plexus reconstruction using nerve graft. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for erb-duchenne paralysis?

Lots of PT.: Erb-duchenne paralysis, or neonatal brachial plexus palsy (bpp), usually is treated with extensive physical therapy (including a home regimen) and sometimes electrical muscle stimulation, splinting or taping. ...Read more

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How long does treatment for erb duchenne paralysis take?

Erb Palsy Recovery: The treatment time depends on the type of recovery. Most erb's palsies will heal with therapy over 6-12 months. If surgery is required to improve function, the final result may take 2-3 years. Continued rehabilitation may be required for a lifetime if continued deficits are present. ...Read more

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Is erb duchenne palsy reversible?

Yes: 80% of cases improve without any help, within 1 week. Otherwise consulting a pediatric neurologist and physiotherapy, after 1 week is recommended. ...Read more

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Can erb duchenne palsy come and go?

Can erb duchenne palsy come and go?

No: Erb's palsy results from a traction injury to the nerves in the neck. As such, once it presents, it remains present until it slowly resolves, which may take weeks or months. Although it is possible to re-injure those nerves, that is rather unlikely, and recurrent erb's would be quite unusual. ...Read more

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Are there any good rehab techniques for children with erb duchenne palsy?

Yes: The main goal is to promote muscle lengthening, normal range of motion and hand-eye coordination; these are most effective if performed during infancy. Gentle stretching and passive range of motion exercises can be used. Most compensatory adaptation of movement the child tries to use should be discouraged, and normal movement encouraged. Check w/ a physiatrist or osteopathic doctor for specifics. ...Read more

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Can unexplained arm paralysis be caused by erb palsy?

Can unexplained arm paralysis be caused by erb palsy?

Erb's palsy: This refers to an injury of the upper part of the brachial plexus, which results in problems with the fifth and sixth nerve roots in the neck. Most commonly, this occurs after birth trauma or motorcycle accidents. ...Read more

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How long is erb palsy treated?

Erb Palsy: It is really based on how severe the palsy is and age at the time its occur. Erb's palsy is most common in infancy and the physical and occupational therapy is given for at least the first two years and often times even longer. In the adult the pt/ot is usually given up to 18 months to two years and in some cases surgical exploration might be recommended. ...Read more

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Tell me about bracial plexus. Also known as erbs palsy?

Brachial plexus: The brachial plexus is a collection of nerves in the shoulder region that control the arm. An erbs palsy is a birth injury where this plexus gets stretched leading to injury of the upper group of nerves. The clinical findings are weakness around the shoulder and upper arm. ...Read more

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Why do some babies recover from erb palsy while others do not?

Why do some babies recover from erb palsy while others do not?

Imaging: Cervical mri's can give a better answer as to the extent of cervical injuries. Those that recover tend to have nerves that are stretched and show inflammatiry responses. These tend to recover with physical therapy. A pediatric neurosurgeon can help delineate what is the best therapy. ...Read more

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I am 21 and I have erbs palsy and my right shoulder what can I do?

Consult your MD: First step will be to determine the cause, traumatic or non traumatic cause. I will like to suggest that you consult you MD for an evaluation and for coordination of care with a neurologist, rehabilitative medicine and other specialties depending on the determined cause of the injury to the group of nerves termed the brachial plexus ...Read more

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Is erb palsy painful?

Is erb palsy painful?

It can be: The nerve damage can result in discomfort. We do occasionally need to treat the children with codeine.

Watch http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=b68jtv0-teo to learn a little more. ...Read more

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What can I expect if I decide to get surgery for my erbs palsy as an adult?

Depends: I am assuming that you were born with the erb's palsy? Or did it happen after an accident? If the inury is more than 2 years old, the only realistic options are muscle/tendon transfers. This basically means that they will consider moving some muscle from a functional area of your limb to the place in which you have no movement. So one of your triceps bellies could end up in your shoulder ...Read more

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Please tell me what should I expect if I decide to get surgery for my erbs palsy as an adult?

Erbs Palsy: Erbs palsy is typical treated in infancy, rarely done in adults but having said that you need to get a clear idea of what the surgeon is planning to do, what is the expected outcome and of course risk of the procedure. ...Read more

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What is erbs palsy?

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. ...Read more

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Could erb palsy be cause short-term memory loss?

Could erb palsy be cause short-term memory loss?

No relationship: Erb palsy is the result of a stretching and or tearing of the nerves to the arm due to shoulder dystocia. It should not have anything to do with memory difficulty, unless the diagnosis of Erb palsy is confused with an upper extremity diosrde due to brain injury. ...Read more

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Is it right that 60% of erbs palsy cases happened because of congenital problem in pelvic of the mother?

Is it right that 60% of erbs palsy cases happened because of congenital problem in pelvic of the mother?

Injury of the: Brachial Plexus, 5 nerves that exit the spinal cord between neck bones & give the arm movement & feeling, can occur at delivery of a breech or large baby or if baby's head delivers normally but 1 shoulder gets stuck under mom's pelvic bones. In 90%, function recovers in 2 wks. Or in 3-6 mos. With physical therapy. Seek treatments for depression/ anxiety, as they can impact infant development. ...Read more

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How often are an obstetric brachial plexus injury (erbs palsy) permanent?

How often are an obstetric brachial plexus injury (erbs palsy) permanent?

0.5-1.6%.: Overall incidence of congenital permanent brachial plexus injury is 0.04-0.2% of us live births. If you have shoulder dystocia, permanent injury to the brachial plexus is anticipated in 0.5-1.6% of cases. ...Read more

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3wks baby Erbs palsy. After first exercise she made all movement. But prefer to put hand on chest & had some weaknesses. Will recover completely soon?

3wks baby Erbs palsy. After first exercise she made all movement. But prefer to put hand on chest & had some weaknesses. Will recover completely soon?

Need more info: The recovery from herbs palsy depends on A number of factors, I have seen patients have full recovery but also I have seen some partial recoveries. At three weeks it's too soon to tell. I recommend you ask your doctor and ask if there's any positioning that you should avoid or try to keep the baby in. ...Read more

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12wks baby erbs palsy has all movements. Doctors cant determine which hand is palcy, but sometimes has some weakness, is there chance to full recovery?

12wks baby erbs palsy has all movements. Doctors cant determine which hand is palcy, but sometimes has some weakness, is there chance to full recovery?

Most likely: Most palsies from birth usually resolve themselves on their own or with physical therapy. If your baby has made this much progress in a short time then the likelihood of full recovery is high. Continue to play with your baby having the baby use the weaker arm more often. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

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