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Symptoms of Symbrachydactyly

Babies with symbrachydactyly may have one or more of these:

  • Short fingers in which some bones are smaller than normal or are missing
  • Fingers that are joined or webbed (syndactyly)
  • Nubbins of skin and soft tissue where their fingers would be
  • Short hand bones (metacarpals)
  • Short forearm

Symbrachydactyly Diagnosis

If your child is born with short or missing fingers, the doctor will examine your child carefully. During the exam, the doctor will check to see how complex the condition is and how it might affect your child’s use of their hand.

Your child may need an X-ray or other type of imaging scan to tell whether any phalanges are missing, whether the metacarpals are short and how other tissues, such as muscles and tendons, are affected.

 

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