Polydactyly of Fingers in Children

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Combining training in adult and pediatric orthopedics, hand surgery, plastic surgery and microsurgery allows our surgeons to provide a comprehensive level of care unmatched in most other hospital settings.

                 --Donald S. Bae, MD, associate in Orthopedic Surgery,
                   Boston Children's Hospital; Brian I. Labow, MD, principal
                   investigator, Plastic Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital

Please note: these pages focus primarily on polydactyly of the fingers. For details on polydactyly of the thumb, see thumb duplication.

If your baby or child has been born with one or more extra fingers (polydactyly), 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 with sensitivity and support—for your child and your whole family.   

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches polydactyly

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center’s Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program and our Plastic Surgery Department’s Hand and Microsurgery Reconstructive Program have treated thousands of babies and children with hand problems, ranging from the simple to the highly complex. So we can provide your child with expert diagnosis, treatment and care—as well as the benefits of some of the most advanced clinical and scientific research in the world.

Our Orthopedic Center is nationally known as the preeminent center for the care of children and young adults with a wide range of developmental, congenital, neuromuscular, sports related, traumatic and post-traumatic problems of the musculoskeletal system.

As one of the largest pediatric plastic surgery centers in the United States, our Department of Pediatric Plastic Surgery provides comprehensive care and treatment for a wide variety of congenital and acquired conditions, including hand deformities.

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