Pediatrics - Congenital Hand Differences
Congenital hand differences are abnormalities that a child is born with. They occur before birth when an embryo is developing the upper extremity. Congenital hand differences are caused by genetic, environmental, and unknown reasons. A variety of hand conditions may occur.
A hand surgeon and hand therapist should evaluate all babies born with a hand difference. Some conditions do not need treatment. For others, treatment during the first few years of life allows children to best adapt to their hands. Treatments may include splinting, hand therapy, or surgery.
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