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Cephalohematoma is a cranial injury that may take place during a forceps assisted birth or vacuum extraction. Blood hemorrhages between the brain and the skull, so the child must be closely observed. In some cases, the condition will resolve on its own. In other cases, it can result in permanent disability.
Klumpky’s Palsy is a form of paralysis resulting from damage to the eighth cervical and first thoracic nerves. It commonly results from complications in the delivery room, and the risk is greater for larger infants. Symptoms include deformities of the hand and paralysis of hand muscles. The condition is currently irreversible.
Shoulder Dystocia occurs when the infants is unable to pass through the birth canal because the shoulders are trapped in position. It is considered an obstetric emergency, and it can result in fetal demise if the infant is not delivered immediately due to compression of the umbilical cord. Surgeons and delivery room staff are trained to watch for the signs of shoulder dystocia in order to respond more quickly and minimize the risk of death or birth defects.
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