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Berger, Aaron J. MD, PhD; Cabbad, Nicole C. MD, MBA

doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000356

Syndactyly refers to fusion, or webbing, of the digits. It is one of the more common congenital deformities of the hand. Syndactyly is classified as complete or incomplete, simple or complex. Complete syndactyly extends to the distal tip of the digit. Complex syndactyly refers to bone and/or nail involvement. Release of the fused digits is an option to improve the appearance of the hand and to prevent deformities (eg, clinodactyly and flexion contractures) in the growing hand. Hand function may improve as well, particularly if independent finger motion can be generated.

Division of Plastic Surgery, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

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