One of the more common conditions of the hand is called polydactyly and presents as extra fingers on the hand. In some instances, the extra digits are small and incompletely formed, while in other babies, the extra digit is completely formed.
What Causes Polydactyly?
Polydactyly may have a genetic link, often appearing within families. Polydactyly may also accompany syndactyly (webbed fingers).
Treatment of Polydactyly
Treatment of polydactyly depends on the scope of the condition. Sometimes a minor operative procedure is required, while in other situations a more complex procedure is needed, particularly when the extra digit is more completely formed and connects deeply within the bone structure of the hand. After corrective surgery, the child will wear a protective cast until healing has occurred.
The care team at the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Hand and Extremity Program can support families and determining the best treatment options for their child.
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