Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy (Erb-Duchenne Palsy) is a paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the upper group of the arm’s main nerves, specifically the upper trunk C5-C6 is severed. These form part of the brachial plexus, comprising the ventral rami of spinal nerves C5-C8, and T1.  These injuries arise most commonly, but not exclusively, from shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth.   Depending on the nature of the damage, the paralysis can either resolve on its own over a period of months, necessitate rehabilitative therapy, or require surgery. (from wikipedia)

Image from Texas Brachial Plexus Institute

Resources:

Brachial plexus palsy or erbs palsy. erbpalsy.org and webmd.com.

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