Congenital Hand Deformities

Congenital Hand Deformities

What are congenital hand deformities?

Congenital anomalies are deformities that are present at birth. Any type of deformity in a newborn infant can become a challenge for the child as he/she grows. Hand deformities can be particularly disabling as the child learns to interact with the environment through the use of his/her hands. The degree of deformity varies from a minor deformity, such as a digital disproportion, to a severe deformity, such as total absence of a bone.

Early consultation with a hand surgeon is an important part of the treatment process for the child born with a hand deformity. Even if reconstructive surgery is not a possibility, there are many different types of prosthetic devices that can be used to increase function.

What are the different classifications of congenital hand deformities?

The classifications for hand deformities can vary. The classifications listed below have been accepted by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). Classifications may change as more knowledge is obtained regarding each of the conditions. There are seven groups of deformities of the hand that will be discussed, including the following:

Treatment for congenital hand deformities:

Specific treatment for congenital hand deformities will be determined by your child's physician based on:

Treatment may include:

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