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Ectrodactyly is a medical condition in which a split hand of a foot is formed. In this condition one or more central digits in a hand or foot are missing. It is a rare congenital disorder in which the development of the hand is disturbed. Symptoms are variable, common symptoms are:
• Split hand or foot formation
• Cleft lip with or without a cleft palate
• Skin, hair and sweat glands are affected
• Slow growing nails
HOW IS ECTRODACTYLY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Ectrodactyly depends on the specific symptoms, evaluating the patient’s history and other clinical tests. Orthopedicians may order for an X-ray to confirm diagnosis. Molecular examination of skin samples also may be performed. Confirmation of diagnosis is through molecular genetic testing
HOW IS ECTRODACTYLY TREATED?
The treatment of the condition involves improving the functionality of the cleft hand. Surgical intervention is inevitable however, the timing of the surgery is rather debatable. In some cases, immediate surgery is recommended while in others, the parents are advised to wait for a couple of years.
DID YOU KNOW?
Along with the fingers and the toes, it is also possible that Ectrodactyly would also have an impact on your teeth, hair and skin.