Other Names for this Disease
- Dejerine-Klumpke palsy
- Klumpke's palsy
- Lower brachial plexus palsy
Klumpke paralysis is caused by an injury to the nerves of the brachial plexus which may result from a difficult delivery. This injury can cause a stretching (neuropraxia,), tearing (called “avulsion” when the tear is at the spine, and “rupture” when it is not), or scarring (neuroma) of the brachial plexus nerves. Most infants with Klumpke paralysis have the more mild form of injury (neuropraxia) and often recover within 6 months.
- Brachial palsy in newborns. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001395.htm. Accessed 2/24/2010.
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- NINDS Erb-Duchenne and Dejerine-Klumpke Palsies Information Page National. Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2007; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/brachial_plexus_birth/brachial_plexus_birth.htm. Accessed 2/24/2010.
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Selected Full-Text Journal Articles
- Ruchelsman DE, Pettrone S, Price AE, Grossman J. Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy: An overview of early treatment options. Bulletin of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. 2009;67(1):83-9.