Hypoplastic Digits

Also known as: hypoplastic hands, hand hypoplasia, finger hypoplasia, digital hypoplasia.

What are hypoplastic digits?

Hypoplastic digits is a rare condition sometimes present at birth in which the fingers are poorly formed or absent.

What causes hypoplastic digits? 
Hypoplastic digits often occurs as a complication of constriction band syndrome. This is when tissue in the womb constricts or cuts off blood flow to part of the developing fetus, which leads to the problems. It can also be a complication of other disorders.

What are the symptoms of hypoplastic digits? 
The abnormal or absent fingers are the primary symptoms of hypoplastic digits. This also makes it difficult to grasp objects or use the hands in other ways, as well.

What are hypoplastic digits care options? 
In some cases, surgery may be an option. Other possible treatments include using occupational therapy, physical therapy or assistive devices to help the child make the best use of the hand or hands with hypoplastic digits.

Reviewed by: Aaron J Berger, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/21/2019 2:25:18 AM

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