Birth brachial plexus palsy: a race against time

Sambeet Patra, Jayakrishnan K. Narayana Kurup, Ashwath M. Acharya, Anil K. Bhat

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A 5-year-old child presented to us with weakness of the left upper limb since birth. With the given history of obstetric trauma and limb examination, a diagnosis of birth brachial plexus palsy was made. Brachial plexus exploration along with microsurgery was performed at the same time which included extrinsic neurolysis of the roots and trunks and nerve transfer for better shoulder external rotation and elbow flexion. Both the movements were severely restricted previously due to co-contractures with the shoulder internal rotators and triceps. The problem of birth brachial plexus palsy is proving to be a global health burden both in developed countries and in developing countries such as India. The lack of awareness among the general public and primary healthcare providers and inadequate orthopaedic and neurosurgeons trained to treat the condition have worsened the prognosis. This case lays stress on the delayed complications in birth brachial palsy and its effective management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 11-07-2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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