Ectrodactyly is a condition that is also known as cleft hand or split hand. It involves a deficiency or absence of one or more fingers or toes in the hands or feet respectively. The hands and feet or the people affected with this condition appear claw-like.
HOW IS ECTRODACTYLY DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is usually carried out by the general physician who will conduct tests based on blood samples and sample tissue in order to find the faulty carrier gene. Prenatal diagnosis of the issue is also possible.
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?
A pancarpal arthrodesis plate can also be placed to connect the proximal metacarpal bones.