Epidemiological analysis of rare polydactylies

Am J Med Genet. 1996 Nov 11;65(4):295-303. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-8628(19961111)65:4<295::AID-AJMG10>3.0.CO;2-P.


This work includes all cases with extra digits (polydactyly) registered from a birth sample of over four million births aggregated from two comparable birth series: the Latin-American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations: ECLAMC (3,128,957 live and still births from the 1967 to 1993 period), and the Spanish Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations: ECEMC (1,093,865 livebirths from April 1976 to September 1993, and 7,271 stillbirths from January 1980 to September 1993). All but 2 of 6,912 registered polydactyly cases fit well into one of the following 11 preestablished polydactyly types (observed number of cases in parentheses): Postaxial hexadactyly (5,345), Preaxial-I hexadactyly (1,018), Seven or more digits (57), synpolydactyly (15), crossed polydactyly (45), 1st digit triphalangism (33), 2nd digit duplication (39), 3rd digit duplication (18), 4th digit duplication (22), Haas polysyndactyly (3), and high degree of duplication (4). The birth prevalence rates observed in both series were similar except for postaxial polydactyly, which was more frequent in the ECLAMC (150.2/100,000) than in the ECEMC (67.4/100,000), as expected due to the higher African Black ethnic extraction of the South-American than of the Spanish populations. This similar frequency for the rare polydactylies (5.4 per 100,000 in South America and 5.7 in Spain), and for each one of the 9 categories, suggests that the values reported here are valid for most populations. The rare polydactylies are frequently syndromal: one third of them (77/236) were found in association with other congenital anomalies, 11.0% (26/236) in MCA cases and 21.6% (51/236) in recognized syndromes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Fingers / abnormalities*
  • Humans
  • Polydactyly* / classification
  • Polydactyly* / complications
  • Polydactyly* / genetics
  • Polydactyly* / physiopathology
  • Toes / abnormalities*