Symbrachydactly is a hand abnormality present at birth that affects only a single limb. Characteristics include short, stiff, webbed or missing fingers. Underlying bones, muscles, tendons and other tissue are also affected. Cases vary in severity. In some instances a thumb and all finger are present, but are shorter than typical. In more severe cases a thumb is present but fingers and missing. In the most severe cases, there is either a partial thumb or no thumb and no fingers.
What Causes Symbrachydactyly?
Symbrachydactyly is not a heredity condition. The cause remains unknown.
Treatment depends on the scope of the anomaly and may be aimed at improving the appearance and function of the hand. Options also include fitting the child for a prosthetic hand or fingers. The skilled team at the Hand and Extremity Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital can support families in determining the best possible treatment.
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