There are different degrees of paralysis:
|Type of brachial palsy:||Area affected:|
|Erb’s Palsy||upper arm and rotation of the lower arm|
|Brachial plexus||usually only the upper arm|
|Klumpke paralysis||hand and possibly an eyelid that will droop on the other side of the body|
- Breech deliveries (feet first): too much pressure on the arm
- Vertex deliveries (head first): too much pulling on the shoulders
- If a C-section is not performed in a timely fashion, brachial palsy can occur.
- Damage to the nerves around the shoulder, or brachial plexus.
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