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Symbrachydactyly refers to a hand that did not develop normally. Signs and symptoms might include:
The hand and wrist have many bones, including:
Symbrachydactyly occurs when the bones of the hand do not grow normally when the baby is growing in the mother’s uterus. Doctors do not know why this occurs, however:
Symbrachydactyly can sometimes be seen during pregnancy via an ultrasound when the baby is in the mother’s uterus.
It is usually diagnosed by a physical examination after birth, and the provider will often order x-rays to look at the bones of the arm.
The provider will most likely order other tests to see if this is part of a syndrome and might suggest seeing genetics for further testing and counseling.
Treatment depends on the severity of the condition. The treatment often includes therapy with an occupational or physical therapist and may include stretching, play and activities, and helping your child with activities of daily living. Children born with this condition usually do a very good job of learning to use their hand.
Treatment depends on the child’s overall health and whether surgery can improve the position, movement and function in the arm, wrist and hand.
Our Hand and Upper Extremity Program team at Children’s Colorado provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of your child. This means you have access to leading specialists from multiple departments who work together to treat your child.
Your child’s care team includes pediatric experts from orthopedic surgery, physical medicine, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and nursing.
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