Brachial Plexus Palsy

Brachial Plexus is a network of nerves that connects the spinal cord in our neck to the nerves that supply the arm. Often during delivery, many women are unable to push their baby out, in such a case a certain amount of force is applied to bring the baby out and this leads to the damage of the Brachial Plexus nerves in the child. It does not always happen but there is a high possibility of it taking place. When this condition takes place in an infant it is known as "Brachial Plexus Palsy". This usually happens when the baby is very big, in a prolonged delivery, breech presentation; neck of the bay is stretched etc.

It is fairly easy to spot the symptoms of Brachial Plexus in infections. They usually lay with their affected hand still. You will notice that there is not much movement with that arm or hand. If you do notice such symptoms in your child, please have him or her examined by your pediatrician. They will usually have your children go through X-rays.

Brachial plexus continues to continue because as much as doctors may try to prevent in case of emergency deliveries, time is of the greatest essence. Most often brachial plexus palsy strikes when there is a difficult labor.

Most of the injuries are of the Erb's type. This normally would take anywhere between 3-4 months for the child to recover. Depending on the injury and how severe it is, the recovery period may differ. If your child does suffer from brachial plexus, it is important that your child undergoes physical therapy. If your child's arm does not show improvement even after a couple of months, an MRI may be performed on him or her. If from the MRI it is learned that there is a tare, a nerve graft might be performed. This is a new finding in medical research and few clinics in Europe and the US have employed it and seen results. It seems to offer a promising future for patients suffering from Brachial Plexus. Let us hope for the best!

According to researchers, if recovery is indeed to take place, by the age of 2 the child should recover, if he or she has not, it may mean that they may never recover from it.

Yet another treatment is possible, you can have your child undergoing surgery. School children can go through surgery to rectify this condition. This is mostly done in case of permanent disability.