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Syndactyly (Fused or Joined Fingers)

This is a common birth difference found in the hands of children. The fingers instead of being separate may be joined by various extent , some only by skin (then called simple) , in some bones are also joined (then called complex), they can be joined for the full extent (complete) or called incomplete when only part of the finger is joined. The middle and ring fingers are usually involved.

The joined fingers can be separated by surgery. When fingers of unequal length like the thumb and the index finger are joined together the separation is done early so that the growth of the longer finger is not held back by the shorter finger. When the middle and ring fingers are joined the surgery can be done by about 2 to 3 years of age. When the fingers are separated some extra skin may be needed, which is usually got from the groin region. The donor area heals well without any problem.

Joined fingers can be part of syndromes like Apert's syndrome. Even here we separate the fingers so that the function of the hand is improved.



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