With the exception of facial nerve palsies, paralysis of a single peripheral nerve present at the time of birth is a rare condition. Clear descriptions of musculospiral paralysis of the newly born cannot be found in the literature. The two cases here reported came under observation in the outpatient department of the Harriet Lane Home of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
REPORT OF CASES
—Oct. 3, 1914, B. B., a girl, 19 days old, was brought to the dispensary by her mother because she did not move her left hand.
—Father 28 years old; mother 25 years old; both healthy; two children in addition to the patient, 3 years old and 9 months old, respectively; both normal; no history of miscarriage or stillbirths, or of lues.
—The patient was born spontaneously, at term, after a precipitate labor. The mother had been having pains throughout the
SMITH LH. TWO CASES OF OBSTETRICAL PARALYSIS INVOLVING ONLY THE MUSCULOSPIRAL NERVE. Am J Dis Child. 1916;XI(5):333-341. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1916.04110110026004