Testing & Diagnosis for Thumb duplication (pre-axial polydactyly) in Children

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At Boston Children's Hospital, we understand that the first step to treating your child is obtaining an accurate, timely and thorough diagnosis.

A baby’s thumb duplication can sometimes be seen prenatally in ultrasound, and it’s apparent at the baby’s birth. Your doctor will:

   •   take a thorough medical and family history
   •   conduct a careful physical exam
   •   use x-rays to assess the underlying structure of your baby’s thumb and
       hand and determine a course of treatment

International patients seeking care

As an international pediatric orthopedics center, Boston Children’s cares for young patients from all over the world. Our International Center assists families residing outside the United States: facilitating the medical review of patient records; coordinating appointment scheduling; and helping families with customs and immigration, transportation, hotel and housing accommodations.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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