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Erb’s Palsy Risk Factors

Erb’s palsy is generally caused by nerve damage to an infant during delivery, but there are a number of other factors that increase the risk of Erb’s palsy in a newborn baby.

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What’s the problem?

Many instances of Erb’s palsy can be anticipated and prevented if the warning signs are heeded; however, there are some instances that cannot be anticipated. The bundle of nerves that form the brachial plexus run close to the shoulder, so traction on the shoulder away from the head can result in brachial plexus injury. This situation can occur with breech presentation, where the baby’s head is last to be delivered and the shoulder and neck stretched during delivery of the head.

Risk Factors for Erb’s Palsy

Risk factors associated with Erb’s palsy include (but are not limited to):

  • High birth weights: Babies weighing over 8 lbs. at birth are more likely to develop Erb’s palsy.
  • Lengthy labors: Any labor lasting longer than an hour puts an infant at a higher risk of Erb’s palsy.
  • Medical history: Women are more likely to deliver a baby with Erb’s palsy if they have a history of delivering babies with this condition.
  • Shoulder dystocia: When a baby’s shoulders get stuck behind its mother’s pelvis, either before or during delivery, the baby will experience shoulder dystocia, which increases his risk of developing Erb’s palsy.
  • Small birth canals: The less room a baby has to pass through during his delivery, the more likely he/she will experience shoulder, spinal, and nerve damage during the birthing process.
  • Use of vacuum extraction during delivery: Vacuum extraction (the controversial method of using suction to pull a newborn from the birth canal during delivery) can result in nerve injuries and Erb’s palsy.

Do I have an Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit?

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