Hand & Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program | Conditions and Treatments

Aneurysmal Bone Cyst

Aneurysmal bone cysts Bones naturally grow and change as your child gets older. However, throughout a long process, abnormalities can sometimes occur. An aneurysmal bone cyst (which is often...

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Arthrogryposis

Arthrogryposis is a term used to describe a number of rare conditions characterized by stiff joints and abnormally developed muscles. It’s also referred to as arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, or...

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Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy

What is the brachial plexus? The brachial plexus is a complex network of nerves between the neck and shoulders. These nerves control muscle function in the chest, shoulder, arms and hands, as well as...

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Broken Arm

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center's Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many arm...

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Broken Elbow

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center's Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many arm...

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Broken Forearm

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center's Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many arm...

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Camptodactyly

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center's Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many arm...

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Cleft Hand

"Our chief surgical goals with cleft hand are to close the cleft, optimize the thumb's function to preserve or enhance grasping, pinching and releasing movements, and improve the hand's appearance." ...

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Clinodactyly

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center's Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many arm...

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Congenital Limb Defects

Congenital limb defects occur when a portion or the entire upper or lower limb fails to form normally when the baby is developing in the uterus. The most common congenital limb defects can include: •...

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Constriction Ring Syndrome

Constriction ring syndrome occurs when fibrous bands of the amniotic sac (the lining inside the uterus that contains a fetus) become entangled around a developing fetus. • It’s also known as amniotic...

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Dislocations

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center have treated thousands of babies and children with many bone-related conditions. We provide expert diagnosis,...

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Dislocated Shoulder

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center's Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many arm and upper...

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Enchondroma

Enchondromas are non-cancerous cartilage tumors that can occur in the arms and legs. • Enchondromas are the most common type of bone tumor in the hand. • Boys and girls of any racial background can be...

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Ewing Sarcoma

Ewing sarcoma is a kind of cancer that grows in bones or soft tissues. The tumor was first described by a pathologist, Dr. James Ewing, in the 1920’s. Most often, it is found in the bones of the...

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Fibrosarcoma

A fibrosarcoma is a cancerous soft tissue tumor that originates in the connective fibrous tissue found at the ends of arm and leg bones; it then spreads to other surrounding soft tissues. Fibrosarcoma...

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Fractures

What is a fracture? A fracture is a break in the bone that often occurs when more force is applied to the bone than the bone can withstand. Fractures are classified as either open or closed. An open...

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Growth Plate Fractures

At Boston Children's Hospital, we have specialized expertise in treating growth plate fractures and other pediatric bone conditions. This important because, since children’s bones are still growing,...

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Little League Elbow

Little League elbow is a broad term that generally refers to an injury to the elbow’s tendons, ligaments and/or bones in a young, throwing athlete. Most of the time, the injury is due to overuse, but...

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Little League Shoulder

Little League shoulder happens when an athlete throws too often or repeatedly throws the wrong way and hurts his shoulder. In younger athletes, growth plates—soft places toward the end of the bone...

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Macrodactyly

Macrodactyly is an uncommon condition in which a baby’s toes or fingers are abnormally large due to the overgrowth of the underlying bone and soft tissue. The condition is congenital, meaning babies...

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Madelung's Deformity (Madelung Deformity)

If your child has been diagnosed with Madelung deformity (also known at Madelung's Deformity), we at Boston Children’s Hospital will do everything we can to treat her—and you—with sensitivity and...

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Osteochondroma (Extosis)

Overview Osteochondroma is the most common type of non-cancerous (benign) bone tumor. An osteochondroma is a hard mass of cartilage and bone that generally appears near the growth plate (a layer of...

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Pollicization Surgery

Pollicization surgery is performed when your child has no thumb or when the thumb hypoplasia is more severe. The operation involves creating a functional thumb by transferring another finger (usually...

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Polydactyly of Fingers

What is polydactyly of fingers? Polydactyly is a deformity in which the hand has one or more extra fingers in any of three places of the hand: on the small finger side — most common (ulnar) on the...

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Radial Dysplasia (radial club hand, radial longitudinal deficiency)

If your baby was born with radial dysplasia (radial club hand), we know that you and your family are concerned. So, please know that at Children’s Hospital Boston, we will approach your child’s...

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Radioulnar synostosis

If your baby was born with radioulnar synostosis, we know that you and your family are concerned. So, please know that at Boston Children’s Hospital, we will approach your child’s treatment and care...

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Rhabdomyosarcoma

Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancerous tumor that grows in the body's soft tissues (which connect, support or surround organs and other body structures), particularly in the muscles that attach to bone and...

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Shoulder Dislocation

The shoulder The shoulder is the most versatile joint in the body, moving in many different directions. A sudden force to the shoulder, as from a collision, for example, can cause the top of the upper...

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Shoulder instability (dislocated shoulder)

As our understanding of instability of the shoulder joint has increased, so too has our expertise in treatment, including important advances in surgical techniques. – Donald S. Bae, MD, associate in...

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Symbrachydactyly

If your baby or child has been born with short fingers that are webbed or conjoined, a condition called symbrachydactyly, the specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital can help. Symbrachydactyly is...

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Syndactyly

If your baby or child has been born with a webbed hand or conjoined fingers (syndactyly), we share your concern. Please know that at Boston Children's Hospital, we will approach your child’s treatment...

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Synovial Sarcoma

Synovial sarcoma is a cancerous soft tissue tumor that usually occurs near the joints. Under the microscope a synovial tumor resembles synovial tissue (the lining tissue of joints). This tissue is...

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Thumb duplication (pre-axial polydactyly)

Please note: these pages focus on thumb duplication, or polydactyly of the thumb. For details on polydactyly of other fingers, see our web pages on polydactyly. If your baby was born with more than...

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Thumb Hypoplasia/Aplasia

Thumb hypoplasia, also commonly called hypoplastic thumb, means that your child’s thumb is unusually small or underdeveloped. Thumb aplasia means that your child’s thumb is missing altogether. In...

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Trigger Thumb

The Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program provides comprehensive care involving occupational and physical therapy, splinting, casting and reconstructive surgeries for infants, children and...

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Ulnar Club Hand

A diagnosis of ulnar club hand means that your child’s wrist is in a fixed and bent position toward the side of the hand with the little finger. • It’s caused by an ulna (the bone that connects the...

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Unicameral Bone Cyst

Overview What is a unicameral bone cyst? A unicameral bone cyst, otherwise known as a simple bone cyst, is a fluid-filled cavity in the bone, lined by compressed fibrous tissue. It usually occurs in...

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Vascular Malformations, Tumors, and Hemangiomas

Vascular malformations, tumors and hemangiomas all refer to a variety of non-cancerous birthmarks and lesions. Boston Children's Hospital is home to internationally renowned physicians for their...

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