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Brachydactyly or short digits is a general term that refers to disproportionately short fingers and toes, which are part of a larger group of limb malfunctions called bone dysostosis. There are various types of brachydactyly, based on which bones are shortened. It is an inherited condition, having the following symptoms:
• Short fingers or toes or both
• Difficulty in gripping objects
• Impaired walking
HOW IS BRACHYDACTYLY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is clinical, anthropometric and radiological. Prenatal diagnosis is usually not indicated for isolated forms of brachydactyly, but may be appropriate in syndromic forms. Careful examination of the hands and feet by a doctor may be enough to diagnose brachydactyly. X-rays can also be used to see which bones are shortened and to diagnose the type of brachydactyly. In mild cases, an X-ray may be the only way to tell that the condition is present. Genetic testing may also be necessary to determine if the syndrome is present.
HOW IS BRACHYDACTYLY TREATED?
No treatment is necessary for brachydactyly. If it is not related to any other symptom, then the individual remains healthy. In extreme cases where gripping and walking are impaired due to brachydactyly, surgery may be needed.