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Pediatric Brachial Plexus Palsy

Key Points About Brachial Plexus Palsy in Children

  • Brachial plexus palsy in newborns is caused by injury to the nerve roots, or nerves to the arm, often during the birthing process.
  • About one to two in 1,000 full-term newborns experience brachial plexus palsy.
  • Depending on whether your baby’s nerves are stretched or torn, physical therapy or surgery may be necessary to treat the injury.
  • Risk factors for brachial plexus palsy may include: diabetes – preexisting or gestational, abnormal position of baby (especially breech), mid- or high-forceps delivery, large size and/or wide shoulders of baby.

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Providers Who Treat Brachial Plexus Palsy

    Departments that Treat Brachial Plexus Palsy

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    Movement Disorders Program

    The Movement Disorders Program at Children's National Hospital offers evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to more than 400 children each year with conditions that affect the speed, quality and ease of their movement.

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    Brachial Plexus Program

    The Brachial Plexus Program at Children's National is focused on caring for children with either birth-related or traumatic brachial plexus injuries.

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation treats and monitors infants, children and teens at all stages of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care.