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Deformities, Contractures

Congenital hand deformities are present at birth and may become a challenge for children as they continue to grow and learn to interact with their environment through the use of their hands. The degree of deformity can vary from something minor, such as a digital disproportion, to a more severe deformity, such as total absence of a bone.

Seeking a consultation with a hand surgeon as early as possible is an important part of the treatment process. Even if reconstructive surgery is not a possibility, there are many different types of prosthetic devices that can be used to increase the function of your child's hand.

The classifications for hand deformities can vary and may change as more knowledge is obtained regarding each of the conditions

Congenital anomalies are deformities that are present at birth. Any type of deformity in a newborn can become a challenge for the child as he or she grows. Hand deformities can be particularly disabling as the child learns to interact with the environment through the use of his or her hands. The degree of deformity varies from a minor deformity, such as unequal fingers, to a severe deformity, such as total absence of a bone.