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Symbrachydactyly in Children

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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 rare, occurring in only about one in 32,000 newborns. It doesn’t run in families, and affects boys and girls equally. In symbrachydactyly, the fingers are abnormally short and webbed (or “conjoined”). The bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves of the hand are usually affected.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches symbrachydactyly

The Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program provides comprehensive care involving occupational and physical therapy, splinting, casting and reconstructive surgeries for infants, children and adolescents with complex congenital, neuromuscular, sports-related oncologic and traumatic upper limb conditions.

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many bone-related conditions.  We provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care, and we benefit from our advanced clinical and scientific research.

The specialists in the Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Program at Children's are experts in the management of congenital and acquired hand deformities. We recognize the social elements involved in pediatric hand surgery, so an essential part of these operations has been making the child's hand as symmetrical as possible with his unaffected hand.

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