Camptodactyly | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is camptodactyly diagnosed?

Camptodactyly is diagnosed by your child’s doctor after a thorough medical history and careful physical examination. X-rays are also used to confirm the diagnosis.

How is camptodactyly treated?

Mild finger curvature rarely causes pain or functional problems. For these reasons, surgery is not typically recommended for children with mild (less than 30 degrees) curvature and no functional problems.

Your child's doctor will probably recommend some form of splinting and occupational hand therapy if your child's condition is mild.

Surgical options for camptodactyly

If your child's finger curvature increases rapidly, or if it progresses to the point where it interferes with hand function, your child's doctor may recommend surgery.

As there is no single cause for camptodactyly, no single operative procedure is recommended for all children.

What's is the long-term outlook for a child with camptodactyly?

While surgery is usually successful in partially correcting the curvature, your child will likely have some residual deformity. There is a risk for recurrence and need for future surgery.