A 6-Year Old Boy Born With 31 Fingers and Toes


The case of a 6-year-old boy who suffers from a severe case of polydactyly and synpolydactyly of the fingers.

The images of the boy display his hands and feet just before he was about to undergo surgery for removal of the extra digits. He has 15 fingers and 16 toes. Polydactylism is a fairly common congenital abnormality that results in supernumerary fingers and toes. The condition is the opposite of oligodactyly that results in fewer fingers and toes.

A vast majority of the occurrence is sporadic, meaning that the condition occurs without any apparent cause. However, the condition can also be because of an underlying hereditary syndrome or genetic defect. African-Americans are more predisposed to the condition compared to other ethnic group.

The cases of polydactyly are 1 in 1,000, although, serious cases like this one are quite rare. Surgical treatment of the condition generally includes excising the extra toe and reconstruction of the soft tissue around the reminding toe and it’s alignment. In addition to associated abnormalities. High risk corrective surgeries are not only challenging but also require an extensive post-op recovery regime.

Although it occurs in an estimated one in every 1,000 cases, serious cases like this are rare.

Synpolydactyly is a rare form of limb deformity showing a distinctive combination of syndactyly (joint fusion) and polydactyly (production of supernumerary digits). This is seen in the photo above.
Surgical treatment simply consists of excision of the extra toe and reconstruction of the soft tissue around the reminding toe and it’s alignment, as well as any associated abnormalities.
The high-risk corrective surgeries will deal with the boys’ bones, joints, skin, nails as well as critical veins, making them not only challenging, but also requiring an extensive post-op recovery regime.

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Dr. Aiman Shahab is a dentist with a bachelor’s degree from Dow University of Health Sciences. She is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the health industry. Skilled in general dentistry, she is currently working as an associate dentist at a private dental clinic in Karachi, freelance content writer and as a part time science instructor with Little Medical School. She has also been an ambassador for PDC in the past from the year 2016 – 2018, and her responsibilities included acting as a representative and volunteer for PDC with an intention to make the dental community of Pakistan more connected and to work for benefiting the underprivileged. When she’s not working, you’ll either find her reading or aimlessly walking around for the sake of exploring. Her future plans include getting a master’s degree in maxillofacial and oral surgery, settled in a metropolitan city of North America.


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