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Brachial plexus birth injuries

Many Arizona expectant parents await the birth of their children anxiously because of the risk of complications or a birth injury. A difficult birth or breech birth increases the chance of a neonatal brachial plexus palsy injury occurring. When this happens, the nerves in the shoulder experience damage. It could happen when an infant's shoulders go through the birth canal and the head and neck get yanked to one side. Strain on the shoulders during delivery causes the condition as well. Although Cesarean deliveries usually take place instead of allowing a breech delivery to progress, a breech birth can also place pressure on an infant's shoulders and result in an injury.

Symptoms appear immediately after birth. The newborn might not show any movement in an arm or hand, but especially the upper arm. An arm bent at the elbow and held against the body presents another warning sign of brachial plexus.

The majority of babies heal from the nerve damage in three to nine months. Gentle therapies like massage and arm exercises aid an infant's recovery, but, if the weakness and paralysis persist, the child could experience permanent loss of arm or hand function. In severe cases, the nerve root has separated from the spinal cord. Surgical procedures might attempt to correct the condition.

Unfortunately, some of these types of birth injuries are caused by negligent doctors who failed to notice that there was a possibility of damage to the newborn's shoulders during the delivery process. In such an event, the parents may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to see what recourse they might have.

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