Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Institute for Brain Protection Sciences (IBPS)

About Brachial Plexus Injuries

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.

Learn more about The Pediatric Brachial Plexus Clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital >>

Referrals are required from a primary care physician or other specialist. If you already have a referral, please call 727-767-8590.