Ectrodactyly is a birth defect that causes malformation of the hands and/or feet. In this condition, the middle finger or middle toe is missing. As well, the two fingers or toes to the right and left of the missing finger are fused together. This has often led to ectrodactyly being called lobster claw hands, or lobster claw syndrome, because the hand malformation does bear some similarity in appearance to the claws of a lobster.

Currently there are several treatments, which can normalize the appearance of the hands, yet they will not function precisely the same way as regularly formed hands. Some people with ectrodactyly use prosthetic hands to avoid the rude stares of others.

Early physical and occupational therapy can help those with ectrodactyly adapt, and learn to write, pick things up, and be fully functional. Yet stigma from this condition remains since the hands do not appear normal.

Ectrodactyly is relatively rare, occurring about once in 90,000 births. It does have several types, and all of them are genetic. However, inheritance of the condition happens rarely. Those who have ectrodactyly or have children with the condition are at increased risk for passing it onto future children.


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