Semin Plast Surg 2004; 18(4): 275-283
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-837254
Copyright © 2004 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy: The Boston Children's Hospital Experience

Donald S. Bae1 , Peter M. Waters1
  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
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Publication Date:
06 December 2004 (online)


The purpose of this article is to review our institution's experience with and current approach to the treatment of brachial plexus birth palsy (BPBP). Specific focus is made on the microsurgical treatment of extraforaminal nerve ruptures, the effects of long-standing BPBP on glenohumeral development, and the results of secondary reconstructive surgery for shoulder dysfunction in chronic BPBP.


Peter M Waters, M.D. 

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Children's Hospital

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