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No one knows exactly how common this condition is. Researchers estimate that trigger thumbs make up about 2 percent of all hand problems in growing children.
While often referred to as "congenital" trigger thumbs, many studies of newborns show that this problem does not appear at the time a child is born. In about 30 percent of children with trigger thumb, both thumbs are affected.
• Trigger thumbs occur by chance and are not associated with other hereditary or congenital disorders.
• They’re caused when a fibrous band under which your child’s thumb tendon normally glides is too tight. This
prevents an easy gliding motion and results in a swollen, inflamed tendon.
• When the tendon becomes inflamed, it’s difficult (or impossible) for your child to fully extend his thumb.
Your child will have a flexed, or bent, thumb.
• Early on, your child will be able to extend the thumb, though often this is accompanied by pain, swelling or a
noticeable clicking sound.
• In the later stages, your child’s thumb will remain in a flexed position.
• Often a bump can felt at the base of the thumb in your child’s palm.
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