(Erb-Duchenne Paralysis; Brachial Plexus Palsy)
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- Long, difficult delivery
- Delivery of a large baby
- Shoulder dystocia
- Breech delivery
- History of delivering larger babies
- History of prolonged labor
- Gestational diabetes
- Physical therapy—This can help keep your baby’s joints and muscles flexible and strong. You will take an active role in moving your baby’s shoulder, arm, and hand. Massage may also be an option.
- Surgery—This may be recommended in cases where there is no improvement.
- Muscle and tendon transfer surgery to improve function
- Joint fusion surgery
- Have regular prenatal care visits.
- Tell your doctor if you have had previous difficult deliveries.
- Follow your doctor's instructions if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.aaos.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Brachial plexopathy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 20, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2014.
Erb’s palsy. Patient UK website. Available at: http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/40001379. Accessed January 12, 2014. Updated December 1, 2014.
Erb's palsy (brachial plexus birth injury). American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00077. Updated October 2014. Accessed December 1, 2014.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 11/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/07/2014 -
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