Congenital hand differences

Matthew A. Sullivan, Joshua M. Adkinson*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Congenital hand differences are frequently encountered by pediatric plastic surgeons. These anomalies may cause signifi cant emotional and functional challenges for children. Pediatric plastic surgery nurses should have a basic understanding of common congenital hand differences and related treatment options to facilitate patient education and postoperative care. This article discusses clinical fi ndings and management of 4 of the most common hand anomalies: syndactyly, polydactyly, thumb hypoplasia, and cleft hand. The goals of surgical treatment are to maximize hand function and aesthetics with minimal adverse outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-89
Number of pages6
JournalPlastic Surgical Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Surgery


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