Dr. Ertan Beyatlı

6 Finger (Polydactyly) treatment

(Update: ) - general subjects

Polydactyly (English Polydactyly, pol-ee-DAK-tuh-lee) means an extra finger on the hand or foot. It can be on one or both hands or feet.

There are many different varieties. Extra fingers are usually smaller than other fingers.

During the development process of the hands and feet while in the mother's womb, the fingers become stuck. Later, during development, the tissues between the fingers melt and the fingers are formed.

What is polydactyly? extra fingers

What Causes Polydactylene?

This condition occurs before a baby is born. When a baby's hands and feet first form, they form in the form of gloves. Then fingers or toes are formed. If an extra finger or toe forms, this causes polydactyly.

Who are at risk?

Any baby can be born with polydactyly (It is seen once in 500 births on average). Axial polydactyly can be inherited in families.

Most babies with extra fingers do not have other health problems. But this condition can sometimes be part of a genetic syndrome.

How Is It Diagnosed?

Polydactyly can be seen in control ultrasounds performed before birth. Otherwise, doctors diagnose when the baby is born.

X-rays may be taken to see if the extra finger has bones and joints. This helps the surgeon decide what type of treatment is required.

How Is Polydactyly Treated?

Treatment depends on the location of the extra finger on the hand or foot and how it is formed. An extra pinkish or small toe connected by a thin handle, sometimes in the surgeon's office, a surgical clip or stitch can be easily removed with.

Extra thumbs, big toes, or middle finger, or toes that contain bones and / or joints need surgery in the hospital.

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