Congenital Radial Head Dislocation

Congenital radial head dislocation is an unusual congenital anomaly of the elbow.  It is undoubtably present at birth but is rarely discovered until children get a bit older.  This is mainly because the limitations of radial head dislocation are not life- altering for most (including the motion limitations).  X- rays are usually the best way […]

Short Fingers- Brachydactyly

I have written several times about symbrachydactyly– that is short, webbed fingers.  This common condition is distinctive in appearance (although there are multiple different types).   I have actually written 10 posts that relate to symbrachydactyly.  https://congenitalhand.wustl.edu/search/label/Symbrachydactyly Brachydactyly, or short fingers, is a different condition as there are the normal 5 digits with shortening of […]

Even More Thoughts on Pollicization

Pollicization is the surgical procedure in which the index finger (typically) is used to create a thumb.  It is most commonly performed for children born without a thumb or with a markedly small, unstable thumb but can also be performed in post- trauma situations in the adult.  The importance of a good thumb can not […]