Neonatal brachial plexus palsy

Robert B. Gherman, Suneet P. Chauhan, Steven L. Clark, Bernard Gonik, Michele J. Grimm, William A. Grobman, Joseph G. Ouzounian, Lynda J. Yang, Jay P. Goldsmith, Vyta Senikas, James T. Breeden, Ronald T. Burkman, Nancy C. Chescheir, Washington C. Hill, Joseph E. Hornyak, Amy Houtrow, Linda J. Michaud, Virginia S. Nelson, Dwight J. Rouse, James R. ScottEarl T. Stubblefield, Albert L. Strunk, Jeffrey C. Klagholz, James Lumalcuri

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists convened the Task Force on Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy to develop a comprehensive report summarizing the scientific literature on this subject. Clinically, neonatal brachial plexus palsy (NBPP) presents in a newborn as a weak or paralyzed upper extremity, with the passive range of motion greater than the active. The overall incidence of NBPP, both transient and persistent impairment, is 1.5 per 1,000 total births. Multiple reports in the peer-reviewed literature describe the occurrence of NBPP without concomitant clinically recognizable shoulder dystocia at the time of both vaginal and cesarean delivery. Chapter 1 of the report details the incidence of NBPP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)902-904
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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