What is it?

Clinodactyly refers to an abnormality of fingers. The finger is curved and may be curved so much that it overlaps with other fingers. The bent finger usually isn't symptomatic and functions fine.
Clinodactyly is very rare, affecting about 3 percent of babies born in the general population, and 25 percent of children with Down syndrome. It is also more common in boys than girls.

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Clinodactyly can be diagnosed shortly after birth or can be unnoticed until a child is a few years old.
A thorough physical examination of the hand will include range-of-motion tests to determine whether hand motion and coordination are affected. Further tests such as X-rays are usually taken to help confirm a diagnosis.


In most cases, a surgery isn't recommended.In mild cases, your child’s healthcare provider may choose to monitor the growth and function of the hand and finger, to locate a worsening.
When the curve is more than 30 degrees, hand function may be compromised, and surgical treatment may be necessary.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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