As a rare condition that only affects a small percentage of infants, polydactyly is a condition that causes patients to grow extra fingers and toes. Because polydactyly isn’t as common as let’s say, the common cold, there is still a lot for scientists and doctors to learn about it. To help you as a patient feel a bit more informed about this rare disorder, we have created a list of four finger facts. Read on to learn more.
Fact #1: They Are Typically Smaller Fingers
One of the things that differentiate polydactyly fingers from regular fingers is that they are smaller in both shape and size. For instance, polydactyly fingers usually reside in between your fingers and appear as an almost stub like appearance.
Fact #2: There Are Two Types of Polydactyly Fingers
Unlike regular fingers that are composed of bones, tissues, and skin, there are two different types of polydactyly fingers. The most common type and the kind that is easiest to remove is the kind that is just made up of skin and soft tissues. The other type of finger has skin, soft tissues, and bones which make it a little harder to remove but it is still a possibility.
Fact #3: They Can Be Detected Before Birth
In some instances, polydactyly fingers can be detected in an ultrasound before birth— making it easier for the parents to create a treatment plan and deal with any emotional ramifications beforehand.
Fact #4: They Are Easily Treated
Although nobody is excited to hear that their infant or unborn baby suffers from this condition, it’s important to know that with the help of Dr. George Philip Smith, extra digits can easily be removed without additional interference to the surrounding fingers in most cases.
If you have a child with polydactyly or if you are expecting a child with this disorder, you are in great hands with Dr. George Philip Smith. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. George Philip Smith today!