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The aetiology of brachial plexus injury: what the paediatrician and obstetrician need to know

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Show simple item record O'Gorman, Clodagh S. O'Neill, M.B. 2013-02-14T14:53:27Z 2013-02-14T14:53:27Z 2006
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The recognition of brachial plexus injury (BPI) after childbirth suggests to parents a causative rather than temporal relationship. This view is supported by textbooks of paediatrics, which state that: 1. the mechanism of injury ( ƒ.) is a forceful separation of the head from the shoulder by lateral bending of the neck with simultaneous shoulder depression, during vaginal delivery; and 2. these injuries are due to traction on the brachial plexus during delivery. 2 Although an obstetrician will talk to a parent when BPI occurs, the ongoing care of the child is within a mutidisciplinary team, where the paediatrician and obstetrician play leading roles. Parents will ask about aetiology, treatment and prognosis; but is the textbook explanation adequate? We illustrate the potential dilemma for the paediatrician and obstetrician through 2 cases of BPI and outline some data on BPI, which is not congruent with current paediatric texts. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organization en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Medical Journal;99(5), pp. 158
dc.subject brachial plexus injury en_US
dc.subject paediatrician en_US
dc.subject obstetrician en_US
dc.title The aetiology of brachial plexus injury: what the paediatrician and obstetrician need to know en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/other en_US
dc.type research correspondence
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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