Pediatric Traumatic Nerve Injury

Pediatric Traumatic Nerve Injury

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Summary

Traumatic nerve injury has a number of potential causes, including compression or electrical injury.

Expanded overview

Traumatic nerve injury can cause numbness or weakness, impacting a child’s ability to move and interact with the world around them. Some types of traumatic nerve injury heal on their own, while others require treatment.

Causes

Traumatic injury to the nerves can be caused by:

  • Compression
  • Electrical injury
  • Focal contusion (gunshot wound)
  • Laceration
  • Stretch/traction injury

 Symptoms

The symptoms of a traumatic nerve injury depend on the nerve that was impacted, and include:

  • Numbness
  • Paralysis
  • Tingling or burning sensation
  • Weakness

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