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Brachial Plexus Palsy


What is Brachial Plexus Palsy?

The brachial plexus is a group of five nerves that provide movement and sensation to the arm. It may be affected by a difficult childbirth. The usual course is to allow the nerves to heal and repair on their own. This is a gradual process that may take a year or longer.

In some cases, surgical exploration of the nerves is required to improve the function of the arm.  Visit AboutKidsHealth to learn more about the Brachial Plexus Operation, and the causes, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of Brachial Plexus Palsy

The Brachial Plexus Clinic

Dr. Howard Clarke is the Medical Director of the Brachial Plexus Clinic at SickKids. He has been joined by Dr. Kristen Davidge and Dr. Sevan Hopyan in providing surgical services for these patients.  

The Clinic was started in 1990 and has since developed into a weekly multidisciplinary clinic for the comprehensive care of infants and children with brachial plexus injuries. We see children from newborns to 17 year olds. Approximately 70 children with obstetrical brachial plexus palsy are seen each year through the clinic. Our centre is also dedicated to ongoing research in the field of obstetrical brachial plexus injuries.

The Brachial Plexus Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic designed to assess and treat children with brachial plexus problems. Children are seen in the clinic at three-month intervals until one-year of age, then every six months or more thereafter. Children continue to be monitored in the clinic throughout their childhood to measure the effect of growth and development on their ability to function.

Brachial Plexus Family Day - October 26, 2019

This is an education and support day for families of children with brachial plexus birth injuries. 

For more information, please email brachial.plexus@sickkids.ca