Ectrodactyly, also known as a split hand-split foot malformation, cleft hand or lobster claw hand is a skeletal anomaly predominantly affecting the hands although the feet can also be affected. The condition has a highly variable severity. It is the congenital absence of all or part of one or more fingers or toes.
HOW IS ECTRODACTYLY DIAGNOSED?
People with Ectrodactyly may have their thumb along with another finger or two, usually the little finger and the ring finger or a syndactyly of the two fingers. This is a congenital disorder which is a rare occurrence and happens when the formation of the hands and feet is disturbed. In this condition, the central ray of the hand gets affected and appears as a v-shaped cleft situated in the centre of the hand.
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.
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A pancarpal arthrodesis plate can also be placed to connect the proximal metacarpal bones.