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Klumpke's Paralysis: Signs and Treatment

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What Causes Klumpke’s Paralysis?

Klumpke’s paralysis occurs when there is trauma to the shoulder. During birth, this can happen for a number of reasons.

One is if the shoulder becomes wedged in the birth canal. This can be the result of the baby being in an abnormal position, the birth canal being too small, or the baby being large.

Another potential reason this birth injury may occur is when too much force is used in attempting to deliver the baby. For the same reasons a shoulder can get stuck, it can lead a physician to use inappropriate means of pulling the baby. Force can be made with his or her hands, or a tool such as forceps. If done carelessly or recklessly, the shoulder could sustain injuries.

What Are the Signs of and Treatment for Klumpke’s Paralysis?

Signs generally include loss of movement in the hand and arm; it may be weak and floppy when moved.

Recovery is possible without treatment in some cases. It can sometimes take a few months, however, for the injury to heal. If the injury doesn’t heal on its own, then other forms of treatment may be necessary. This could include physical therapy or surgery.

If your newborn has been diagnosed with a birth injury, such as Klumpke’s paralysis, contact our Cleveland office today for a free consultation. We can review medical records, address your concerns and questions, and, if necessary, consult an expert to determine whether you have a viable claim. You may be able to pursue compensation for current and future medical treatment and other damages.

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