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Every expectant parent needs to know about Brachial Plexus Injuries during birth and how to possibly PREVENT them!
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brittknee55 posted:
If you are pregnant, please read the Expectant Parents Risks/Prevention page of my blog. My only purpose is to educate other parents so that their child doesn't have to go through the same things my son and our family have to due to a Brachial Plexus injury. Knowledge is power!! Please ask you doctor/nurses the important questions on that page and don't just assume they know what they are doing! Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries happen in 2-3 of every 1000 births!!!
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Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
I believe this is also known as Erb's Palsy ? Thank you for sharing your story and I'm glad that Steven is recovery and won't require surgery.

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brittknee55 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Yes you are correct! Steven's particular injury is also referred to as Erb's Palsy because of the particular set of nerves within the Brachial Plexus that were injured. His injury is in the upper part of his arm. Other terms used to describe a BPI are, Klumpke's Palsy (a lower trunk injury), Brachial Plexus Palsy, Erb-Duchenne Palsy, and Horner's Syndrome (when facial nerves are also affected). The most common is Erb's Palsy so most people have only heard of that one, if they have heard of it at all! I unfortunately had never heard of this until it happened to my son. I hope that I can spread awareness so this doesn't happen to anyone else.


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