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Question: new born baby without palm and fingers


 ani.raaj - Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:29 pm

new born baby boy (DOB Sep 03 2008), his left hand does not have palm and fingers. Right hand is perfect.

can anybody suggest what type of treatment would help the baby.
Suggestions from professionals are welcomed

can be contacted at ani.raaj@gmail.com
 simonne westort LPN - Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:23 pm

Hello,
This appears to be a genetic condition. Hundreds of children every year are born with the absence of fingers, also known as symbrachydactyly.
A plastic surgeon or children's hospital would be a good recommendation.
It sounds more difficult with the absence of the palm also. May be more difficult in this case, althogh there may be something the surgeon can attatch to the bone to make digits. In some cases, when there are only a few fingers missing, toes can be used for the fingers.
simonne LPN
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:23 am

User avatar Hello,
This type of defect would most likely require a prosthesis for function when the child is older. Perhaps occupational therapy would be helpful to teach him/her how to function in some areas but the baby will likely learn to be quite resourceful on its own when given opportunity to play as any other child would.

There are various potential causes for such deformity such as infection, chorionic villus sampling, amniotic bands and teratogens such as seizure medications.

Fortunately children are amazingly resilient and can achieve great results when challenged and encouraged.

I hope this helps. I am not aware of any surgical intervention that could correct the defect.

Best wishes.

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