Radial Dysplasia (radial club hand, radial longitudinal deficiency) 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

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 treatment and care with sensitivity and support—for your child and your whole family.

A diagnosis of radial dysplasia refers to a condition in which the radius bone of the forearm is underdeveloped or absent, resulting in a characteristic appearance of a hand and wrist that is angled toward the thumb-side of the forearm.

Radial dysplasia is a congenital (present at birth) condition in which the radius (the inner bone that connects the elbow to the forearm) did not form correctly in the womb. The radius may be malformed or missing. In radial dysplasia:
            -    The affected arm is shorter, with curving of the forearm and stiffness of the elbow and fingers.
            -    thumb is either very small or missing.

How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches radial dysplasia

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 routine 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.

Our Department of Pediatric Plastic Surgery provides comprehensive care and treatment for a wide variety of congenital and acquired conditions, including hand deformities. As one of the largest pediatric plastic surgery centers in the United States, we perform more than 3,000 surgeries and care for more than 14,000 children every year.

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