Pediatrics - Congenital Hand Differences
Congenital hand differences are abnormalities present when a child is born. They occur before birth when an embryo is developing the upper extremity. Congenital hand differences are caused by genetic, environmental, and unknown reasons. A variety of hand conditions may occur.
A hand surgeon and hand therapist should evaluate all babies born with a hand difference. Some conditions do not need treatment. For others, treatment during the first few years of life allows children to best adapt to their hands. Treatments may include splinting, hand therapy, or surgery.
DiagnosisA hand specialist should evaluate all babies born with a hand difference. The doctor can diagnose a congenital hand difference by reviewing your child’s medical history and conducting an examination. X-rays will be taken to identify the location and position of affected bones. If necessary, your doctor may refer your child to a geneticist or specialist for diagnosis and treatment of associated medical conditions
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