Polydactyly of the Hand

J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Feb 1;26(3):75-82. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-16-00139.


Polydactyly is one of the most common congenital hand deformities managed by orthopaedic surgeons. It is most often found in isolation; however, rarely, it may be associated with genetic syndromes. Polydactyly is classified as postaxial, preaxial, or central depending on the radioulnar location of the duplicated digits. Postaxial polydactyly, which affects the ulnar side of the hand, is most common and is typically managed with excision or suture ligation of the supernumerary digit. Preaxial polydactyly, which affects the thumb or radial side of the hand, often requires reconstructive techniques to ensure a functional, stable thumb. Central polydactyly is much less common, and reconstruction can be challenging.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fingers / abnormalities*
  • Fingers / surgery*
  • Hand Deformities, Congenital / classification
  • Hand Deformities, Congenital / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Polydactyly / classification
  • Polydactyly / surgery*