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Brachial Plexus Palsy


Synonyms of Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Duchenne-Erb Paralysis
  • Duchenne-Erb Syndrome
  • Duchenne's Paralysis
  • Erb-Duchenne Palsy
  • Erb-Duchenne Paralysis
  • Erb's Paralysis
  • Upper Brachial Plexus Palsy, Erb-Duchenne Type
  • Upper Brachial Plexus Paralysis, Erb-Duchenne Type

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Brachial plexus palsy, also known as Erb?s palsy, is a paralysis or weakness of the arm caused by an injury to one or more nerves that control and supply the muscles of the shoulder and upper extremities (upper brachial plexus). It is more commonly seen in newborns (neonates) and is often the result of a difficult delivery. When it occurs in adults, the cause typically is an injury that has caused stretching, tearing or other trauma to the brachial plexus network. The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that conducts signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand.

    There are four types of brachial plexus injury: avulsion, the most severe type, in which the nerve is ripped from the spine; rupture, in which the nerve is torn but not at the point at which it is attached to the spine; neuroma, in which the nerve is torn and has tried to heal but scar tissue has grown around the site; and neuropraxia (stretch), the most common form of injury, in which the nerve has been damaged but not torn.

    Organizations related to Brachial Plexus Palsy
    • Brachial Plexus Palsy Foundation
      210 Spring Haven Circle
      Royersford PA 19468
      Phone #: --
      800 #: --
      e-mail: brachial@comcast.net
      Home page: http://www.membrane.com/bpp/
    • Erb's Palsy Group
      60 Anchorway Road
      Coventry Intl CV3 6JJ
      Phone #: 024- 76-41 3293
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@erbspalsygroup.com
      Home page: http://www.erbspalsygroup.co.uk
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      1 AMS Circle
      Bethesda MD 20892-3675
      Phone #: 301-495-4484
      800 #: 877-226-4267
      e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info
    • San Diego Brachial Plexus Network (SDBPN)
      PO Box 928063
      San Diego CA 92192
      Phone #: 619-525-3179
      800 #: --
      e-mail: c-cannon@alumni.ucsd.edu
      Home page: http://www.UBPN.ORG
    • United Brachial Plexus Network (UBPN)
      1610 Kent Street
      Kent OH 44240
      Phone #: N/A
      800 #: 866-877-7004
      e-mail: info@ubpn.org
      Home page: http://www.ubpn.org



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