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Kentucky Birth Injury Lawyers Discuss Symptoms & Treatment for Klumpke Palsy

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When you hear the words Klumpke’s palsy in the labor and delivery room, you may not know what to think. You may have never heard of this type of Kentucky birth injury and don’t even know the signs and symptoms to look for in your newborn. 

Klumpke’s palsy, a form of brachial plexus birth injury, occurs when a child’s lower roots of the brachial plexus nerves are injured at birth due to a doctor applying too much force on the baby at childbirth. The injury can affect an infant’s arm, hand, fingers and even eyes.

Some Symptoms of Klumpke’s palsy include:

  • Claw shaped hand – the forearm is unbent, palm is facing up, and the wrist and fingers are flexed
  • Paralysis of hand muscles
  • Tingling and numbness in fingers, hand, and/or arm
  • Weakness in wrist and fingers
  • Miosis - the pupil will be smaller than normal in the affected eye

In birth injuries such as these, sometimes just the claw hand is noticed. This is generally the classic symptom of Klumpke’s palsy; however, if miosis is present, Horner syndrome or total brachial plexus palsy may also have occurred during childbirth.

Unfortunately, there is not one proven treatment for Klumpke’s palsy, but some types of treatment have helped in some cases. These include:

  • Early immobilization
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Surgery

When your infant suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor, reach out to a caring and experienced Ohio and Kentucky birth injury lawyer at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson for a free consultation at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 today, and find out how to hold that doctor accountable.
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