Other Names for this Disease
- Lower brachial plexus palsy
- Dejerine-Klumpke palsy
- Klumpke's palsy
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The affected arm may be immobilized across the body for 7 to 10 days. For mild cases gentle massage of the arm and range-of-motion exercises may be recommended. For torn nerves (avulsion and rupture injuries), symptoms may improve with surgery.
Most infants recover from neuropraxia within 4 months. Parents or guardians of infants that show no evidence of spontaneous recovery at 4 months, may be counseled regarding additional treatment options. These treatment options may include:
- Surgery on the nerves (e.g., nerve grafts and neuroma excision)
- Tendon transfers to help the muscles that are affected by nerve damage work better
Last updated: 2/25/2010
- 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.
- Brachial palsy in newborns. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001395.htm. Accessed 2/24/2010.
- Hill A. Neurological problems of the newborn. In: Bradley WG et al. Neurology in Clinical Practice, 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2008;
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through the National Library of Medicine, developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members, and members of the public with current information on clinical research studies. There is a study titled Stem Cell Therapy to Improve the Muscle Function of Patients With Partly Denervated Muscles of the Arm which may be of interest to you. To find this trial, click on the link above.