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Symptoms of Congenital Hand Disorders

Symptoms of congenital hand disorders may range from mild to serious. They may include:

  • Extra, missing, short or joined fingers
  • Hands that are not as developed as usual or are not the usual size
  • Hands that are not in the usual position or cannot move in the usual ways

For some children, a hand difference is only one feature of a more complex genetic condition or syndrome. These children will have other signs and symptoms.

Congenital Hand Disorders Diagnosis

If your child is born with a congenital hand disorder, the doctor will examine them carefully. During the exam, the doctor will check for other signs to tell whether your child has a more complex condition.

Your child may need an X-ray to see if there are differences in the bones in their hand. To help diagnose your child’s condition, they may need other imaging studies, such as an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan.

If the doctor thinks your child might have other genetic problems, your child might have tests to check their chromosomes.

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