obstetric palsy

ob·stet·ric pal·sy

a brachial plexus lesion sustained by the infant during the birthing process; three types are recognized: upper plexus type, affecting the shoulder and upper arm (Erb palsy, q.v., by far the most common form); total plexus type, involving the whole arm; and lower plexus type, involving the forearm and hand (Klumpke palsy, q.v.).

ob·stet·ric pal·sy

(ob-stet'rik pawl'zē)
A brachial plexus lesion sustained by an infant during delivery; three types are recognized: 1) upper plexus type, affecting the shoulder and upper arm (Erb palsy, by far the most common form); 2) total plexus type, involving the whole arm; 3) lower plexus type, involving the forearm and hand (Klumpke palsy).
Synonym(s): obstetric paralysis.