Research Article| Volume 13, ISSUE 4, P530-535, July 1988

Cleft hand involving only the ring and small fingers

  • Takayuki Miura
    Reprint requests: Takayuki Miura, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Nagoya University, 65 Tsrumacho, Showaku, Nagoya, Japan 466.
    From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
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      The clinical features of congenital clefts between the ring and small fingers are described. After examining patients I find it difficult to decide whether cases with a cleft between the ring and small fingers, without absence of any digits, should be categorized as failure of formation or failure of differentiation. There was no functional disability justifying an operation, but the parents requested the cleft be closed for cosmetic reasons.
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