Management of complications of congenital hand disorders

Hand Clin. 2015 May;31(2):361-75. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2015.01.011.


This article reviews treatment and presents complications seen in the treatment of 7 common congenital hand differences, including syndactyly, camptodactyly, ulnar and radial polydactyly, thumb hypoplasia, radial longitudinal deficiency, and epidermolysis bullosa. The management of these conditions is challenging but has evolved over the last several decades with refined understanding of the disease processes and treatments. The goal of this article is to synthesize prior knowledge and provide further insights into these conditions that will help the surgeon avoid treatment complications.

Keywords: Epidermolysis bullosa; Pollicization; Polydactyly; Radial club hand; Radial longitudinal deficiency; Syndactyly; Thumb duplication; Thumb hypoplasia.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hand Deformities, Congenital / complications*
  • Hand Deformities, Congenital / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy