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Detailing Klumpke’s Palsy

Those first few moments shared between parents and their newborns in Kew Gardens are some that are almost sure to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, they can often be marred if and when babies experience birth injuries during the delivery process. In many cases, those injuries may be minor and could eventually clear up on their own. In others, however, parents may be forced to seek surgical intervention for their newborns and. In some cases, prepare themselves for months or even years of rehabilitation and treatment.

Brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s Palsy (the most common condition that results from such damage) have been detailed on this blog before. Yet brachial plexus problems can also lead to other conditions that can be even more debilitating than Erb’s Palsy. Among these is Klumpke’s Palsy.

Like Erb’s Palsy, Klumpke’s Palsy affects the arm and elbow movements of infants. However, Klumpke’s Palsy inhibits the movement of a baby’s forearms, wrists and fingers. According to the website OrthoBullets.com, this is due to the region of brachial plexus that is damaged during delivery. Damage to both the eighth cervical nerve and the first thoracic nerve are what produces this condition. It is normally manifests itself by a baby’s arms consistently appearing fully extended and his or her hands and wrists in a claw-like shape.

Information shared by CerebralPalsySymptoms.com states that most cases of Klumpke’s Palsy are due to simple nerve neuropraxia (stretching), and will often resolve themselves in a few months. However, should a baby’s brachial plexus be torn or severed by a doctor using too much force when removing a baby from the mother’s birth canal, surgery and/or medication management may be needed to deal with limited mobility and pain that infants may be left with.

 

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