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12,000 newborn babies were studied in a two-year period, for various features of birth injuries. 82 infants, i.e. one in every 156 births was found to have one or more injuries. The total number of injuries in 82 infants was 117. The most common birth injuries were soft tissue lacerations followed by various nerve palsies and intracranial hemorrhage. The incidence, etiological factors, prognosis, diagnosis and management of various birth injuries are discussed in detail. It has been stressed that to prevent birth injuries a careful selection of patients and adequate obstetric care is necessary, specially in breech deliveries.
KeywordsBrachial Plexus Breech Presentation Facial Paralysis Forceps Delivery Intracranial Injury
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