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What is erbs palsy?

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

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...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?

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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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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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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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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Erbs palsy since birth. 22 now. Loosing motion in hand slowly, arm locking up more, numbness more. More pain. What do I do!? Splint/brace? Surgery?

Erbs palsy since birth. 22 now. Loosing motion in hand slowly, arm locking up more, numbness more. More pain. What do I do!? Splint/brace? Surgery?

Never too late: Erb's affects the upper brachial plexus, and your hand involves lower plexus, so this is new superimposed on the prior. The symptoms raise concern that a complex regional pain syndrome may be evolving, and this needs to be addressed asap. The therapy can wait, as the diagnosis must precede. Believe, your best bet is to see a physiatrist initially and perhaps other specialists later. ...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?

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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Dr. Nader Ajluni
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Erb Duchenne Paralysis (Definition)

Erb-Duchenne paralysis is a medical condition in which there is paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the nerves responsible for innervation of the arm. These nerves run along the side of the neck and can be damaged during birthing process or traumatic injuries of ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more