Erb’s Palsy Symptoms

Understanding Erb’s Palsy Symptoms

Erb’s palsy symptoms can range from mild to severe.

In general, Erb’s palsy symptoms include:

  • Limp or paralyzed arm
  • Little or no muscle control in the arm, hand or wrist
  • Lack of feeling or sensation in the arm or hand

Erb’s palsy symptoms depend the affected nerve, the site of the nerve injury and its severity.

In some babies, Erb’s palsy symptoms might not be obvious, especially if the injury is mild. Erb’s palsy symptoms sometimes appear some time after the injury, while others can even clear up on their own.

In mild cases, such as neurapraxia (stretched nerves), Erb’s palsy symptoms can disappear on their own in a matter of weeks or months. In more severe cases where the nerve is severed, Erb’s palsy symptoms will not go away on their own.

In these cases, the baby may need surgeries and rehabilitative treatment for many years or possibly for the rest of their life.

If your baby experienced shoulder dystocia or other difficulties during birth, keep a careful watch for Erb’s palsy symptoms. For injuries that do need treatment or rehabilitation, early intervention will increase your child’s chances of recovery.

Author:Birth Injury Justice Center
Birth Injury Justice Center

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Last modified: December 4, 2018

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