Congenital hand differences

A congenital hand difference is usually evident right from birth. Approximately one in twenty babies is born with some type of hand difference including missing parts, webbed or fused sections, extra digits, or abnormal sizes. Congenital hand differences can be associated with medical conditions or syndromes that affect various parts of the body, but the majority of cases are isolated and sporadic.  These differences can cause minor to major inconvenience in the affected patient and may require intervention to correct them.

Types of Congenital Hand Differences

Congenital hand differences can be evidenced in a number of forms:

  • Syndactyly: fingers connected to one another, including skin and soft tissue and possibly bone
  • Polydactyly: presence of one or more extra fingers on the hand, either next to the thumb or next to the little finger
  • Symbrachydactyly: parts of the hand have failed to form
  • Radial longitudinal deficiency: forearm bone is shortened or absent, and the hand and wrist are severely bent inward; can also be associated with a small or missing thumb

Dr. Kargel’s Approach to Treating Congenital Hand Differences

Dr. Jennifer Kargel is board-certified in plastic surgery and hand surgery, which distinguishes her training and credentials from many other doctors. She has advanced knowledge of reconstructive plastic and hand surgery, and utilizes the most advanced treatment techniques available today. A consultation and physical examination can help point a way to the best approach to dealing with your child’s specific congenital condition or pediatric injury.