The brachial plexus is a network of nerves in the shoulder that enables people to control movements and feels sensations in the arms and hands. A brachial plexus injury is a fairly common injury during a difficult delivery. This group of nerves can be stretched or even ruptured. This occurs in about 1-2 births per every thousand births.
Children and babies with a brachial plexus injury will usually have the following symptoms:
- Unable to lift their arm above their head
- Unable to bring objects to their mouth
- Unable to move their fingers
- Unable to feel things in their arm, hand, or fingers
- Tingling or pain in their arm, hand, or fingers
A formal diagnosis of a brachial plexus injury can be done through blood test, X-Rays, Ultrasound, MRI, EMG and Nerve Conduction Tests.
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