Incidence of early posterior shoulder dislocation in brachial plexus birth palsy.

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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Posterior dislocation of the shoulder in brachial plexus birth palsy during the first year of life is rare but the incidence increases with age. The aim was to calculate the incidence of these lesions in children below one year of age. METHODS: The incidence of brachial plexus birth lesion and occurrence of posterior shoulder dislocation was calculated based on a prospective follow up of all brachial plexus patients at an age below one in Malmö municipality, Sweden, 2000-2005. RESULTS: The incidence of brachial plexus birth palsy was 3.8/1000 living infants and year with a corresponding incidence of posterior shoulder dislocation (history, clinical examination and x-ray) during the first year of 0.28/1000 living infants and year, i.e. 7.3% of all brachial plexus birth palsies. CONCLUSION: All children with a brachial plexus birth lesion (incidence 3.8 per thousand) should be screened, above the assessment of neurological recovery, during the first year of life for posterior dislocation of the shoulder (incidence 0.28 per thousand) since such a condition may occur in 7% of children with a brachial plexus birth lesion.


  • Lars Dahlin
  • Kristina Erichs
  • Charlotte Andersson
  • Catharina Thornqvist
  • Clas Backman
  • Henrik Düppe
  • Pelle Lindqvist
  • Marianne Forslund
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  • Surgery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24
JournalJournal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury
Issue numberDec 16
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Pediatrics/Urology/Gynecology/Endocrinology (013240400), Reconstructive Surgery (013240300), Hand Surgery Research Group (013241910)

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