Brachial plexus injuries are categorized by the type of damage to the nerve. The following chart details the types of brachial plexus injuries that can occur, what each type means, and the prognosis for brachial plexus injuries. It is important to remember that each case is different and individual patients will respond to treatment differently.
Two main risk factors for Obstetric Brachial Plexus injuries (OBPI) are having a large baby (over 8.8 lbs) and shoulder dystocia, but there are many other risk factors. Your doctor should assess your health and your baby’s health and wellbeing throughout your pregnancy and during labor and delivery.
Today, women are more vocal about how their pregnancies, and their own labor and delivery, and standards have care are now safer and more reasonable. Still, when a doctor fails to notice a condition or react properly during a medical emergency, the outcome can be just as bad for a mother and her baby as it was one hundred years ago.
Any pregnant woman who experiences these symptoms should immediately contact her doctor or go the the emergency room. Pain and bleeding — even in the absence of premature contractions — are the two class signs of placental abruption and your doctor should always take your concerns seriously because seeking immediate treatment for placental abruption may affect the outcome of the pregnancy.
Oxygen deprivation, or asphyxia, can cause devastating injury to a fetus or newborn during pregnancy, labor, the birth process, and even in newborns after their birth. When the supply of oxygen to a baby is impaired serious brain injury resulting in lifelong seizure disorders, mental impairment, and cerebral palsy can result.