Clinodactyly: A Genetic Abnormality

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What is clinodactyly?

Clinodactyly is the abnormal growth and development of the small bones of the finger. Instead of the bones being rectangular, they are wedge-shaped. It usually, but not always, describes the curving of the pinky toward the ring finger.

How common is clinodactyly?

Clinodactyly is thought to occur in about 10% of the population. It occurs with higher frequency in males and is considered to be a benign congenital defect. It has also been thought to be a symptom of children with mental retardation or Down syndrome, but on another site I read that it may be a predisposing factor for those with artistic, creative, or even musical tendencies.

How is clinodactyly treated?

Mild finger curvature rarely causes pain or functional problems. For this reason, surgery is not typically recommended.

My five-month-old daughter's pinky.
My five-month-old daughter's pinky.

How many of you have or know someone that has clinodactyly?

I have three step children, two of which have a curved pinky. I never even noticed it until I gave birth to my daughter and, as many new parents do, I studied every little thing on my newborn. I found the curved pinkies on both hands and I also saw she had curved toes. Her father has curved toes, so I understood that, and then I noticed that my two step children had the same curve in their pinkies, so I just figured it was yet another thing that tied my daughter to her father (my daughter could be her father's clone). Then one day I was doing some research on the web, and I found a name for what my daughter has. According to my research, they say the doctor will have to monitor the curvature and make sure it doesn't affect a child's physical abilities. Well, my doctor has seen my daughter for four months now, and not once has she mentioned anything about clinodactyly.

I created this article to discuss with other people:

  1. any relevant information regarding clinodactyly
  2. to find out if there is any truth to the theory that clinodactyly is linked to mental retardation or Down syndrome
  3. if it is linked to creativity, artistic abilities, or even musical talent.

So please, read and join the discussion in the comments section below.

My step daughter's hand print... notice the curvature of her pinky
My step daughter's hand print... notice the curvature of her pinky

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Comments 101 comments

Andrew 3 months ago

I Have curved pinkys on both hands as well as curved ring toes on both feet, When I was young I was diagnosed with ADD but that is not retardation so I dont know if that has to do with anything


Amanda 4 months ago

Hi

I have bent pinkies, so do my brothers, my mother, my grandfather, and my great grandmother that I know of. So yes it's genetic. But, I do not belive it has anything to do with mental retardation. I was labeled GT (gifted talented) in kindergarten and have been ever since. None of my family has ever been mentally challenged. I had no idea that this deformity had a diagnosis until researching it just now. It's never been a problem, it's just a little strange. My doctor has never said anything about it, and honestly it think it's kind of stupid to get surgery on it unless you physically can't use it.


Kikijo 8 months ago

I have bent pinkies, never thought there was any issue. NO ONE ever said so.I was told it was genetic, just the way my fingers are. My son born this way too.. Both pinkies..

No issues at all.Everything normal.. Didn't know it had a name until recently, and was shocked to find some doctors make an issue of it..

Not sure about my siblings. We never spoke of it, and I never noticed..

I would suggest it is a genetic trait and with DNA some day they will find we are all related.. And that will be the sum total of the whole bent pinkie situation...


Carrie 8 months ago

I just wanted to add that my son went for speech therapy and had appointments to check for autism...he has now been taken off speech therapy cause he's at the learning area he should be which is the same at school. So they have no worries there apart from some of his sounds but thats more because of his lisp. Doctors and specialists say he is not autistic, but sometimes this isn't diagnosed until they're about 7yrs old, so I'm not ruling that out completely yet. He is a very lively on the go boy who is into absolutely everything, he whinges and whines a lot, he also suffers from constant colds/coughs. Had croup a lot as a baby. He has since had his tonsils out as they were over enlarged for his throat which was pushing his tongue forward, he's had adenoids taken out due to his breathing being so bad and he has also had grommets put in to help with his hearing as we were unsure if he was hearing properly. The hearing is so much better now but he is still suffering with his nose so I've no idea what to do there!?!? You just worry that this is all connected to a more serious problem especially when you look up Clinodactyly....Any advice from anyone on how I should be feeling is very welcome. Id love to hear from you :)

Also how do I upload a photo, I'd like to add a pic of his bent pinkies?


Carrie 8 months ago

Hi I noticed straight away that our son had bent pinky's on both hands when he was born, I thought nothing of it at first but as he started growing he showed problems with his tongue (hanging out all the time until he was about 14mths) he had trouble with his speech, he is nearly 5 now and still struggles with certain sounds and he also has a lisp. Other than this he is a very clever boy and very forward for his age in his physical abilities, and his memory is amazing, he seems very creative and loves role playing things out.

I looked into it online when he was young and found clinodactyly and realised it was this, I pushed for genetic testing to make sure he was ok and had no type of 'syndrome' tests came back all clear. Its all very strange as I don't know of anyone in the family with this problem, not that were aware of anyway. I still have worries that something isn't right as some sites say you need to keep an eye on their behaviour etc as they grow up...Do I need to stop worrying!??


Amanda 11 months ago

I have very crooked pinky fingers. I've never had any learning issues other than delayed reading (though it was probably more to do with disinterest on my parent's part in teaching me) and I've always committed things to memory by using the information in musical rhymes, rhythms, or songs. I have always had an artistic mind, and have not only played the violin for 21 years (I'm currently 29) but I also have taught lessons since I was 13. My mother also has slightly crooked pinkies, but is less artistic/musical by nature. I've never seen another person with crooked pinkies, and anyone who notices tends to think that it's odd, gross, or that I've had some sort of injury.


HairFreeTx.com 14 months ago

We all inherited from 1 mom clinodactyly, both hands with bent in baby fingers & we R all very sports active, creative, & bright... Dont let the information out there make you believe something is wrong with you.


Kim 15 months ago

My pinkies are crooked and a wee bit shorter than they should be, well as a child of the science fiction generation it was said as man evolves they will loose the pinkie and ring finger so I just assumed I was higher on the eveloution ladder than the rest of the folks around me.


MJ 15 months ago

I have it too. My grandfather on my mother's side has it, and my mother had it. We both have a variant form of rhumatoid arthritis, but this developed in our early adolescence. I have musical, drawing, writing, abd creative problem solving skills.


Angela 15 months ago

I inherited mild clinodactyly from my mother, who thought that she got it because grandma took too much calcium while pregnant. I have it in both index fingers and my right pinky, which also has a large knuckle. It is always stiff first thing in the morning along with my other fingers. The joint attaching the pinky to my hand doesn't operate smoothly - it just kind of pops back and forth when I move it. Weird! I am concerned about developing arthritis, but so far so good now at age 47.


Angela 15 months ago

I inherited clinodactyly


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Debbie Pyykkonen 16 months ago

Both my sons and their father and grandfather have this. My oldest sons are to the extreme


Carl R 20 months ago

Just to assure worried parents: I have clinodactyly in both little fingers at a noticeable angle for the top section of 28 degrees (I measured it in junior high school, and every few years). I am 64 years old.

My mother had it, my brother has it, both of my daughters have it, my grandfather had it, some cousins on my mother's side of the family have it, and some of my daughters's second cousins have it. Clearly it is hereditary. Interestingly, only one cousin's daughter has it at as large an angle as I do. Others seem to have it around 15-20 degrees (no one lets me measure it :^)

Not one relative has any other syndrome that is supposedly related to it. In fact, my brother, daughter, and just about every cousin and cousin's child with it has a Master's Degree.

My parents tried using wooden splints on them when I was 3 years old, but it made no difference. But to reassure people, it has not given me or anyone else in the family even one problem, other than not easily being able to reach beyond a 9th on a piano (which many famous pianists, alas, can do easily; Gershwin was famous for his 11ths).

I hope this allays some people's fears about it.


Josh 20 months ago

I have a little girl that is 3 yrs old. I noticed her curved pinkys when she was born. One is curved more than the other. It doesn't hurt her she says and is really smart, excellent tlking and impressive sentences since she was like 2. Im just wondering if i have to get it fixed or if it doesn't bother her is it ok?

She is very special and stands out. Loves attention so im positive there is no syndrome of ne kind but im not a doctor. Does it need to be fixed or is it ok?


Liz 20 months ago

I have clinodactyly in both pinkies, and they are sharp angles, almost every person on my father's side has it, including my two sisters. Most of us also have a large torus palatinus. Mostly this side of our family are highly intelligent persons, engineering is a common career.

I like to also consider myself very bright, I have a fast learning curve (to the point I become frustrated with teachers as I can pick it up faster "thinking through it" than they can teach it to me...), and a scary intuition (meeting someone in person for five to ten minutes I am 90% accurate 90% of the time in figuring them out - this makes it possible to predict and manipulate other's behaviors, not that I am evil, just a skill I don't think many others possess :)

My 13 year old son also has bent pinkies and has autism. He's intelligent, but classical symptoms of decreased social skills and maturity, mostly non-verbal, and heavy OCD. My younger sister has two children with different fathers, one with autism and one not. My older sister has two children, same father, no autism. Genetic testing has told us nothing, but maybe someday.


Shawna 21 months ago

My husband has clinodactyly in both pinkies. He passed it down to our first and so far only child, a son, who is now 12 months old, who is also affected in both pinkies. My husband is normal in every sense of the word and my son is on time or advanced in all developmental milestones, no sign of delays or lapses in any way. Sure, for some, clinodactyly presents itself as an additional feature to a disorder, but on it's own it is not a marker for any problems whatsoever.


Mike 21 months ago

Crooked pinkies are not a designator trait. which means anyone of any intellect and motor skills can have them, and it doesn't mean they have any kind of "syndrome" or autism. Its actually a dominate trait, so more and more people will have it over time.


Maria b 22 months ago

I have been beyond stressed with the fact that clinodactaly is linked with autism. My son is four months old and I am convinced he has autism. Everyone else who meets him thinks I am crazy. I just wish I could know for sure but there is no telling until later.


dad of pepper 23 months ago

our baby was born 3 days ago, with very crooked pinkies. will bookmark this page for future reference. thank you.


B Love 2 years ago

My husband and all three of our children, as well as his father and siblings, show different degrees of clinodactyly. My son also has curved toes. None of these people show any degree of mental retardation. My husband and son exhibit signs of ADHD. My husband is a musician and teacher and my son is creative with art and drawing.


Sal 2 years ago

I wrote on here about 7 months ago now, I said I would update, so here it is; Consultant Paed Dr thought our daughter probably (who has clinodactyly and had feeding problems from birth) had Russell Silver Syndrome (RSS). On June 13 2014 we had a referral appointment with a geneticist, she said that our daughter was not presenting with RSS, I was very relieved as I could not relate to the stories of people who have children with it and I just could not see it. So they have finally stopped looking for syndromes and go by her weight and length which are in the normal range. We just had a review where by I hoped our daughter, now one year old, would be discharged from outpatients, but they would not, much to my protest. So now, if she continues to thrive and grow they will discharge her in six month's time. The most upsetting thing is that the geneticist wrote to the Consultant Paed Dr saying that our daughter does not have RSS, and that she understood from talking to me that I, the mother, was stressed from all the focus on my daughter's slow weight gain and that perhaps this could be a factor. Well, having people labelling your child with a syndrome is stressful and especially when you can't see it yourself and have had all this focus on your child's weight gain just becuase it was not following a centile, it has caused a negative impact. I did say to one of the Doctors that I really did not think there was anything wrong with my daughter and I just got a wry smile and nod as if to say "Be quiet". Basically, it counted for nothing and no one was listening to me. Stressful is not the word, but sadly it does appear that midwives, health visitors and doctors all seemed to think there had to be something wrong as her weight was not following a centile. Shame that my opinion as her mother counts for nothing, what happened to "Mum knows best"? Well, it turns out I do know best, she is fine and continues to grow and is achieving her developmental milestones, no problem. She is a long slim baby and takes after her father who is tall and slim. It was so obvious to me, but none of the professionals were interested in what I thought.

Well, that's good news really, she does not have a syndrome. She is an interesting character and people always say she is going to be a creative soul - well, that remains to be seen. Perhaps I will do another update in about 6 month's time. All the best for now!


Meme 2 years ago

All 3 of my grandchildren were born with pinkies bent on both hands. My Mother in law also had bent pinkies. My grandson was slow at first, he didn't walk until almost 2 yrs.old but once he started he took off. My Daughter put him in school at age of 3 and by 1st grade he was a whiz. He is about to gsrduate high school at the age of 17. He loves school and my 2 granddaughters also aredoing great at school. The all love music and have played instruments in Band and participate in choir. Hope this helped. They aren't geniuses but they do make a's & B's usually. Good Luck.


Jessica 2 years ago

I find this information very interesting! My husband has clinodactyly quite severely (pinkies are almost completely bent sideways towards the ring finger). My 5yr old daughter also has this but not as severe.

Although excellent with math, my husband is not artistic or creative and great difficulties in school (dyslexicia, , learning disorders, ADHD). He does have the ability to figure out how something mechanically works and fix it with zero prior knowledge. My daughter is artistic but had great difficulties (developmental delays, possibly autistic, failure to thrive) as an infant/toddler. Now, as she has just begun kindergarten, it's becoming apparent that she may have some learning difficulties as well to compound things.

I do not know if or how clinodactyly may factor into our situation or if it's simply an issue of genetics. My husband is of German and Irish origins. I believe it's worth noting that he is left handed and I wonder how many others with clinodactyly are left handed?


Michael 2 years ago

I have bent pinkies on both hands, my grandson does also, I have no mental issues that I'm aware of nor my grandson, I am musically inclined, playing several instruments, I am college educated, did well in school and the military , my grandson excels in martial arts,music,science, mathematics, and was accepted into duke universities talented and gifted program at. 8 yrs old, I'm thinking this is just a heriditary birth defect


DakotaFox 2 years ago

Both of my pinkies are bent and it's never affected me and I'm 7 years in the Army and re enlisting


Sarah 2 years ago

I am of English decent. My pinkies & second toes are bent. Very noticeable. I am 23 and have never researched what it is or what causes it til now and I am glad I did. As a young kid I picked up things very quickly more so than my sister which doesn't have Clinodactlyly. I was always a bright kid but my attention span wasn't great, worst in high school. Teachers would always comment saying I never reached my full potential because I was always day dreaming. I have a love for music and art but I'm not great at it. It takes me a few goes to get something but once i get it Im good at it. I also tend to give up if i think i cant do something. I am really good at a lot of things but not great at one specific thing. I haven't found my true calling yet but it has opened up a world of possibilities for me. I don't have kids as of yet but my partner also has Clinodactlyly and my mum. I don't think it has links to syndroms or autism. Thanks for the blog :)


Mary 2 years ago

Both my middle fingers curve towards my ring finger. I didn`t notice it till only just recently. Would this mean I have clinodactlyly?


Kas 2 years ago

I am 28 and both my pinkies curve inward very noticeably. I had to laugh about the "propensity to be artistic, creative, etc" as I've always been talented and passionate about: Drawing, painting, sculpting, acting, music, and story telling. I guess I can thank my crooked little pinkies!

Plus, when I was a kid I kicked butt at hide and seek, nobody realized I was peaking through my pinky gaps ;)


Lindsey 2 years ago

I'm 31 and both of my pinkies point inward towards my ring finger quite noticeably. As far as I know I have no learning disabilities...unless you count choosing to teach 9th grade English a mental hiccup :) I have ways been quite musically inclined; I played the flute for many years and am often called upon to sing at weddings or sing the National Anthem at various sporting events. The only odd thing my pinkies have caused me is the fact that I snap with them...thumb to pinkie rather than what finger everyone else snaps with!


ashley 2 years ago

I have this. Both my pinkies are curved towards my ring fingers at a very noticeable angle. No one else in my family has had it I was the first. I'm not musical or artistic. I guess I could be creative but I doubt that has anything to do with my pinkies. I am not mentally challenged in any way shape or form. I actually graduated with honers. I have three children and expecting another. My oldsest has the same condition and it is very defined as mine is. My middle son has this too but it is not as defined. And my youngest son doesn't even have a little curve. His pinkies are perfectly straight. All my kids were born premature because a lack of a hormone I need to produce to go full term. But non of my kids have any mental problems at all and no signs of any mental conditions. My oldest is about to be 9 and my middle just turned 5. So I wouldn't worry about mental retardation at all.


2 years ago

I have two very crooked pinkies. mine don't curve so much as suddenly aim inward at the last knuckle and i am an accomplished writer lover of music and art. i also have asperger syndrome (a form of autism) I'm 25 have two children and function very well


Stephanie 2 years ago

My son is 4 and he has bent pinkies on both hands and his feet. He is just barley behind on his intellect but head start is bringing him ahead now. He also as a mild speech problem but he is very hands on and articulate. He also has very good fine motor skills. And can do and understand almost anything. He's very smart, sweet, and artistic. I've always noticed his pinkies being bent but I didn't know it was considered anything until 20 minutes ago. I appreciate this site with this info. Thank you.


Val 2 years ago

My daughter has two curved pinkies. I just happened across this information today and did not even know this name Clinodactyly existed! WOW! She is six almost seven and I homeschool her. She is a born actress and prima donna. She takes ballet and jazz and tap. She is very tall for her age. She also has a port wine stain on one hand and also had a hemangioma (large) on that same arm. Those have diminished with time although she had quite a few surgeries on the hemangioma in her first year. She was born five weeks early. She is a whiz at math but struggles with reading some but I think mostly that is because she would rather be out of her chair singing and twirling and dancing. She is so imaginative and creative and can already sew intricate type things. I am so very excited to have found this information today. It just fits. Thank you! I have so enjoyed reading the other posts!


Sal 2 years ago

My five month old daughter has Clinodactyly on both her little fingers. She has had feeding problems and was not gaining weight within the centiles. Paediatrician now thinks she might have Russell Silver Syndrome. I am not so sure, she is perfectly normal otherwise and seems to be slightly ahead with her development milestones. I think paediatrician may be wrong, as we have been advised to wean and my baby is now feeding fine so long as she is not fed milk from a bottle. Thing is when she was a month they said she had Turners Syndrome, she was karyotype tested and everything came back negative, so it is a pity to now face yet another possible syndrome. I suppose only time will tell, for now I am going to enjoy my perfectly happy beautiful baby girl. I will write again at some point as developments happen. All the best for now.


Genna 2 years ago

I only just discovered there was a name for this! Wow! All these years, 33 years I just thought I had my hands clenched too tightly in the womb and that is what had caused the bent pinkies. And now I discover it's a genetic thing (hate the word defect) and it's called Clinodactyly!

Just to add like everyone else has here. I had no developmental issues. I was always an above average student and am now successful in my field. It is a creative field - so I don't know if that helps with your research?

x


kam 2 years ago

I see where most are the pinkie finger. I was born with my index and middle finger curve toward my other two. Going out. And on both hands. Odd.. I'm Scottish decent. My 2nd son inherited same as mine on both of his hands. I have no trouble with them except I don't like it. Does anyone else have this?


yuri 2 years ago

my son and i both have our pinkies curved. So far I have not noticed any delays with my almost 2 year old son. Infact he is very advanced in all his milestones and he is very creative , artistic and loves listening and dancing to music. I am very artistic and creative as well. I love arts and crafts. No one in my mother side or my mother has curved pinkies, or have any disability or disrder. I never met my biological father so I wouldn't know if it runs in his side of his family.


Tom Samson 2 years ago

Im 19 and have always hated having my bent little fingers. They haven't ever really seriously got in the way of my life but they can be annoying at times (trying to play bar chords on guitar, trying to grip the bow on a violin). I find that because they are bent I cant put as much pressure on them without them buckling (because of the shape) and because of that I find that I don't use them. For example when carrying bags etc, I tend to find i'm only using my first, second and third fingers. Because of this I think my little fingers have become very weak and maybe even stunted their growth?? Plus most people are grossed out by them so I have a slight insecurity about them.

In regards to the hereditary side of things, neither of my parents or grandparents have bent fingers or mental illness. However my cousin has bent little fingers that curve outwards rather than inwards which is interesting. I myself was a month premature at birth so I've always assumed it was because of that.

At university currently, studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering, so I assume i'm of at least average intelligence. I play guitar and sing a bit, but I wouldn't really say I was that musical or artistic to be honest.


Alyssa 2 years ago

I'm 25 and never spent much time wondering about my pinkies until now. Honestly it's amazing to see that so many have this pinky because I thought I was the only one. No one in my family has it on either side that's alive, so I'm not sure if it's a genetic thing so much as a birth defect being that no one in the multiples of generations has it. I'd say I've always been intelligent, mostly philosophical and a whimsy creative at heart. No learning disorders in my lifetime, in fact I was always ahead of the curve. I also have a 3 year old daughter who does not have this pinky. My mother does have Spina Bifida and curled toes though, so there may be possibility of a genetic correlation with that, but her toes were original straight until her spinal cord began causing nerve damage (she didn't know she even had the disease until she herself was 25). According to folk lore and palmistry these pinkies represent psychic ability and intuitiveness. But who knows? Very interesting.


Beth 2 years ago

My mom and dad have slightly crooked pinkies, but mine are definite. My sons hands look just like mine and he is very musically inclined, like me. He also loves to build things with legos, or about anything. He has been diagnosed with ADHD, but not autism.


Mike 2 years ago

I was born with this condition, and from what I was told it can be genetic. Apparently my great-grandmother had it. My condition is a actually quite profound, but I'm 43 now and I've suffered no ill affects. I can attest to the theory that, at least with me, they're linked to artistry. I have been in art classes since kindergarten and I studied Theatre Arts and Film Production in college. The closest I came to anything remotely linked to mental retardation was a minor case of ADD, sprinkled with a major case of procrastination. But who isn't diagnosed with those these days? I didn't get the best grades in school because I was always daydreaming, being imaginative and creative with my mind... thinking of other possibilities, and of course other things I would rather be doing. So, I did have some academic and some self - motivation challenges, plus I found it a little difficult to play the guitar or piano, but my artist side shined. I also like to have fun with people when they're sharing their double - jointed abilities and show them my pinkies. Sometimes I tell people I'm not from Earth, but from an advanced race of people whose clinodactyly is common and our technology can only be operated by people with bent pinkie fingers. :)


HHH 2 years ago

Hi everyone. I've found it very interesting reading all these posts. I have 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. Both my sons' pinkies are curved. And for me, I'm their Mum, I have slightly curved middle fingers (toward the ring fingers) but my pinkies are very straight as well as the rest of my digits (toes and hands) and they're long and skinny. Our daughter does not have any curved digits nor does their Dad, my husband. I have Irish, English and Faro Islands background. My husband has Scottish, Swiss and Chech ...perhaps more but ?

Our son who is now 8 is above average in all subjects at school (far advanced in reading and math). He is very social, and has been since a small baby, clear spoken, musical and always had incredible balance! He walked at 9 1/2 months old and we lived in Hawaii and he could stand on a surf board in water with small waves at age 1.... surfers were stunned! That was really fun. His younger brother who is now 3 1/2 years old is very similar especially with the balance (riding a bike at 2 1/2) only I would say he is VERY musical! We do the Music Together program if you know of it, it's world wide, really great program... he memorizes all the songs and sings on key and rhythm. Also, I sing with a chorale and he memorizes parts of the pieces I practice like O Fortuna from the Carmina Burana! This all sounds like bragging.... These are just characteristics that fascinate me about our kids. Who knows if it's the curved pinkies.... but it's a fascinating question! I can't say that in our case curved pinkies are of any concern whatsoever.

Cheers to all you curved digit people!! And thank you for all the interesting info. I loved ready others stories.

H


Dawson S 3 years ago

I've often wondered about my bent pinkies (both), but since everyone around me told me that it wasn't weird, I just ignored it for years. But after reading something about clubbed thumbs, I decided to google "bent pinky finger" and there it was! Clinodactyly! I measured my fingers with a compass and I believe my pinkies are bent at 30 degree angles. I was born premature (I think 6 weeks or maybe more), and I showed signs of slow development in my early life and my parents and the doctor thought I would end up with some kind of retardation. Through the power of prayer (sorry skeptics and atheists), I began to show improvements, and at 18, I am an extremely good student. I've never had an IQ test, but I honestly believe I'm definitely above average. Still, this could have explained my pinkies. Also, though I'm an American, I have a great deal of English, Irish, and Scottish blood, so maybe it could be a regional thing hidden in my genetic code and passed down to me. I do also love art. I draw, paint and write both prose and poetry and sing. Not to mention I'm only 5 ft .9 of an inch and there is no likelihood that I will grow any taller. Wow. It's crazy to think that we all have so much in common, and we were brought here because of our oddly shaped fifth fingers.


betsue48 3 years ago

I am 65 yrs old with several college degrees & love of art & music. Both of my parents had crooked small fingers. We are Scot-Irish and German descent. I met a woman from Wales and she told me many villages in that part of Great Britain had people with clinodactyly. I was told in 6th grade I had high IQ, but never knew score, because teachers were not allowed to tell students at that time. I am short, 5 ft, & only 4 lumbar vertebrae. Don't know if any of that is related. The only thing I know I can't do is play piano because little fingers are too short. I'm proud of being a little different.


Shokun 3 years ago

I am 29 years old, I have bent pinkies on both hands. was being tuitioned at British council since my English sucked, the teacher decided to give us a Mensa test, I topped the class with 149 score, surpassing those at prestigious Secondary school, btw that was when I did not get the tricky english IQ question. I learn Maths on my own since child, even score A* in Cambridge. However, as I grow up, I become a Day dreamer. So much of thoughts yet little strength to change anything.

I should probably stop thinking and write a book or do something. oh btw I am Asian Chinese. Heard from Fortune teller saying bent pinkies people are usually homely and filial people.

I have a creative handwriting that is readable but you need to tweak your mind in the way like Arts! Music is my holy grail, love to sing too. Good at sports but not a very active person alone. Cooks well. Repairs or DIY things easily.

In my family, I am the only one with ezcema, premature birth, being tallest. Many nightmares when childhood, then as grow up becomes a lot of dreams, experienced Jumper even before Jumper movies screened, Inception though not the Inception however I managed to use dream within dream to score my Java programming from D to A+. The theory of Inception is true when you spend more time in the 2nd tier dream and wake up to find out you only spend 5 hours in reality. But that incident only happens once. Probably I worried about the exam too much that this reaction kicked in.


Ryanne 3 years ago

Everyone is saying that either their child is mentally delayed and has it, or they're very smart and have it. My sister isn't delayed, but she also isn't a genius and she has it. I also have crooked pinkies, but I'm taking college courses as a 16 year old, so I guess I can't really judge on that part. I wouldn't consider myself to be that smart, though. In any case, neither of us are good at any form of art (we can't draw or sing, and, even though I took guitar lessons for the better part of my life, I still can't play a guitar very well), and we also aren't delayed in any way. We both have hypermobile joints, too, but I think that's unrelated.

I had a doctor that once tried to "fix" my fingers using a system of casts, but they didn't really work. That doctor thought that the curvature of my fingers would lead to them becoming useless, but other doctors said that that one just didn't know much about the subject. That was a few years ago and I'm still perfectly fine.

Also, I work with special needs children. I've never noticed any of them to have crooked fingers, but I'll definitely be checking for it next time I go to work!


Laurie 3 years ago

I and my 5 siblings all got Clinodactyly from my Dad!! Definitely can say that is the dominate gene in my family. My dads are the most crooked and small. I am the oldest, my pinkies are a lot like his. The 4 kids in the middle have crooked pinkies but are a little longer, less noticeable. Our youngest sister has down syndrome, all of her fingers bend in odd places. Her pinky fingers though....man oh man....she fits right in :) The 5 of us without down syndrome are very talented in different ways. I am a super athlete, #2 is an artist and model, #3 is athletic, personable and very funny, #4 loves music and teaches himself all kinds of instruments, and #5 is straight A's miss popularity. I read above someone's husband likes his crooked fingers to grip easier....I believe that's true, I think that all the time!!! :)


Honor Bear 3 years ago

I have it slightly on both pinkies, as do my siblings and everyone on my mothers side of the family! There is no history of any 'mental retardation' or anything else within my family.

My fathers side of the family all have their middle fingers bent at the top, out towards the pinky. So me, my sister and my brother have both middle and pinkies slightly bent!


Karen 3 years ago

I have twin boys three and a half years old. They both have curved pinkies and their two older brothers do not. Thank you for starting this hub cause I can read anything online and suddenly my children's health is at risk. My children are all very intelligent and the twins are very creative and imaginative. This has made me feel better and I can sleep the rest of the night. I will still check in with the doc next time we are there...


Cheryl 3 years ago

I am 56 and was born with short pinkies and the left one is more crooked than the right. I never thought about this being part of a syndrome until a friend's daughter was diagnosed with a syndrome (Noonan's); and I thought maybe this is something more than a crooked finger. I have a BS degree and have been a health care professional for 32 years. When I was a kid I used to worry about my husband seeing my crooked pinkies when we got married (when he put the ring on my finger) . I don't think he has ever noticed. No one else has noticed, either.I have had a fantastic life. Everyone's comments have been very helpful. This is not something to worry about.


adam griffiths 3 years ago

my IQ was tested when I was younger and I was 118


adam griffiths 3 years ago

yeah I didn't know wat the name for it was but i have been born with bent fingers and toes im 27 now and I have a 2 year old son who also has them I don't have autism but I do have ADHD.


Finland 3 years ago

I'm a 17-year old male of nearly purely German and Swedish descent, with bent pinkies, blue eyes and blond hair. I'm roughly 5' 10" (~175 cm) tall, my IQ is 152 (according to the culture-fair Mensa test), I tend to beat my peers at chess and am one of the best students in mathematics and physics in our school. I'm also a self-taught C/C++ programmer, been programming since I was 11 years old, capable of writing more or less any programming language that comes my way on a professional level. Maths, linguistic skills and problem solving have always been my strengths.

All my family from my mother's side has had bent pinkies, my grandfather used to be one of the best chess players in western Finland back in his days. His IQ also was somewhere around 150.

It most certainly isn't a bad genetic trait, even though several studies have found relations between bent pinkies and autism, I believe it might increase the chance of being autistic but I think other genes also play a major role in it. I don't think that it's a "genetic disease" at all, I nor my family haven't had any health problems. I know a few people who also have bent pinkies who also have their IQ much above the standard deviation.

Finland out!


Anna222 3 years ago

I have bent pinkies and webbed toes,both my parents have bent pinkies,my dad has two completely webbed toes and i have same disorders as them and people with bent pinkies usually have down syndrome about 80% kids with clinodactyly have down syndrome,but i don't.about 7%-10% of people in the whole world have this genetic disease. Anyways im healthy even though i have clynodactyly and you shouldn't worry about ur daughter shes going to be perfectly fine also i read that people with clinodactyly are usually short (i am very short so) and i also have webbed toes :D


KelBell1919 3 years ago

I am a 33 year old female with crooked pinkies. I am mostly of German decent but also have Norwegian and Irish. I inherited from my father and we have the exact same curve. Recently, I discovered my male cousin has the same crooked pinkies; he is also on my father’s side of the family. I am not sure if my grandfather or grandmother had curved pinkies. But it is pretty dominant on my dad side. My right pinkie is slightly more crooked than the left. I do not have autism or any other mental disorder. I am not very artistic, however, I can draw a stick figure like a champ! I am not a genius and have no idea what my IQ is. I majored in Chemistry but I studied hard to get good grades. My father makes furniture, he designs and then builds. He was a mechanic for 35 years before computers took over. He is a horrible speller but is amazing in math and geometry. Good luck to you.


John 3 years ago

Hi

I am in my 40s and both of my pinkies are bent inwards at about 45° on the last knuckle

I am Scottish. Last time I did an IQ test it was about 140.

I am particularly good at logic/maths/problem solving

I have very good motor skills

from martial arts

I never really gave much thought to my pinkies they are just part of me

Cheers J


Sam 3 years ago

I just found out that my grand-mother and I have the same crooked left pinky! Nobody in my life has ever mentioned it or even noticed it except for her.

I have it, I'm not sure if my mother has it but my grand-mother told me she has it, her mother had it and my grand-mother's grand-mother had it too. We are Americans of African decent.

None of us have any mental deficiencies nor have any of these women given birth to any children with any of the above mentioned mental deficiencies. The same goes for the second, third and fourth generations. Basically, they had healthy babies and their babies' babies were healthy and so forth.

As for me, I learned to read by the age of two. By time I was I was in first grade I could read basic sheet music, communicate in English, Spanish and ASL and wrote my first computer program at 7. It wasn't anything too complicated, a few prompts using BASIC, however, I do not think I would have passed for mentally deficient.

Today I am an artist. My grand-mother with Clinodactyly taught me how to use a 35mm camera when I was young. She is the most creative person I know.


Cindy 3 years ago

Your daughter's pinky looks almost exactly like mine!


Joe 3 years ago

I also have two bent pinkies, and at 62 they haven't changed my life much. When I was young, I was very aware that I was different with crroked fingers, so I got into martial arts to the point of breaking boards and bricks. So when someone inquired about my fingers, I just said they had been broken several times praticing Karate. They make for intresting conversations.


j.lee 3 years ago

I am a 26 year old female with bent pinkies (the right more bent than the left). I don't think mothers with small children with this "defect" should worry about autism or down syndrome. I have lived a perfectly active and social life. In high school I was co-captain of the tennis team, president of a service organization that had over 200 members and valedictorian of my graduating class of 749 students. I graduated from UCLA with honors and was vice-president of my co-ed business fraternity. I am working in finance now with type A people and I earn more money than most of my peers. The pinkies have never most gotten in the way of anything. I played the flute and piano as a child and although the bent pinkies made it a bit more difficult...nothing more practice and determination couldn't overcome.


Matt 3 years ago

I, my mother, and my younger brother all have crooked pinky fingers on each hand. We are all extremely creative and pick up on music very easily, we are good cooks too. Music is second nature to me.


runner76 3 years ago

I am 36 years old and have crooked pinkies on both hands; with the right-hand pinky apparently craving more attention than the left as it is considerably more bent- and proud of it ( and consequently, so am I!). I grew up a normal child; definitely on the creative/artistic side (which I dismiss as anything relevant, as many people with straight pinkies are also creative and artistically inclined) - I was perhaps a bit more "aware" than my peers at any age...but I would dismiss that as an influence of environmental factors, more than anything. For me, my crooked pinkies have always been something to be proud of; something that set me aside from everyone else. It also made me proud, because it created a concrete connection/bond to my Dad's side of the family; my Grandmother (his mother) had it, I have it, and my cousin's son also has it. During one of my routine visits that my mother took me to see my pediatrician when I was 10 years old or so, he examined my fingers and told us that we could have the fingers broken and corrected if need be; however seeing that they produced no issue functionally, there was no need to put me through that. And I am so glad that I didn't - these crazy fingers are mine - and I'm so glad that I have them! They not only make me different from anyone else, but more importantly, they are a constant reminder of my family; my heritage...and the generations before me who I am blessed to share this trait with (my sister wasn't so lucky!). In conclusion, the worst thing (and it really isn't that bad - but I'm sure that others with crooked pinkies can definitely relate) that has come from me having these crooked pinkies, has been that same old question throughout my life: "What happened to your pinkies - were they broken????" To which I always get a chuckle.....in the meantime, while others spend their time analyzing my crooked digits, I am focused on training for my next marathon. :-)


Ruth 3 years ago

I have a 3 yr old son with very bent pinkies on both hands. He does not have autism but does have some digestive issues and food allergies. Anyone else notice a correlation between the two? I read somewhere else that there might be a correlation between Clinodactyly and Chrons disease.


Gemma 3 years ago

I have a 9 year old daughter with curved pinkies of both hands as well. We call them her Special fingers, they have never hampered her ability to write or anything. She is very creative and musical, but as her Father is a musician and I am an artist, it's kind of to be expected! :)

She is also intelligent, and also loves science. I have never been worried about Autism or other issues. I have not noticed any other bent fingers in our families but when I read that it was heredity I checked out my toes and discovered that two of them are bent! So I guess that's the same thing. As to the Celtic issue - on her Father's side we have Scottish but also Indonesian, my side is mainly British. We have not noticed any other bone problems!


Sharon 3 years ago

My 8 year old daughter has crooked pinkies in both hands. She is the only person in our families to have this trait, and is also left handed. No other physical or developmental abnormalities-in fact, she is extremely bright, creative and witty. Loves art, science and math, and very sociable. I often wondered if they were due to her being 8 weeks premature. Have no idea what may have actually caused it--her father is from Scotland and I am of British descent-maybe it's the conflicting, crooked heritage lol!


De 3 years ago

Hi - I'm 31 years old and both my pinkies are bent. I am very creative, have a high IQ and have no physical problems related to the condition. I think it's not necessarily a marker for developmental delay but keeping a close watch and talking to a pediatrician is always good. Good luck !


kelly 3 years ago

I have crooked pinkies on both hands. I am 52 years old (today!) and have never had any problems. I have a PhD in psychology and am a pretty well-adjusted person. I personally think having crooked pinkies is kind of interesting, but that's about it.


Maggie 3 years ago

My DD is 12 mo old and has one bent pinky finger (left hand). She is just starting to walk, so not behind in milestones, and is extremely social and engaging with others, always smiling/waving/making eye contact. I was concerned after googling it due to the references to autism, but I have no reason to believe she has autism. I will bring all of this up at our upcoming 12-month checkup.


nancy 3 years ago

my 9 month old daughter have bent pinkies and she is excelling and hitting all milestones quickly. she has already stood up on her own and will probably be walking by 10 months. she isn't autistic. she is extremely engaging and loves music. she already tries to dance and grooves while she is sitting (when i am playing music). my husbands pinkies are also bent and he is a finance whiz.


Martha k 3 years ago

My daughter has this yet she does not have any learning disibilities in fact she is one year ahead in her studies and the teacher has suggested that she be moved up a grade. Me and my husband have always wondered why both pinkies were so crooked this website has been very insightful.


Adam 3 years ago

I have Clinodactyly, and have no particular statistical oddities to mention. I believe I had my IQ tested when I was around 16, which turned out above average (although I think it's a bit overestimated). I am a fairly normal person, a little bit disorganized maybe, but really a very average person overall. While I wasn't surprised to see that there were genetic links between Clinodactyly and other conditions, I was surprised at the abnormality of the conditions. Clinodactyly runs through my family, all of whom were fairly successful normal people. Which makes me question this article. How strong is this statistical correlation? Does the author, or any others on this hub have any studies or references which I could see to back up this information?


hmckim 3 years ago

My oldest son (4 yrs 10 months old) has clinodactyly. I noticed it the minute he was born. His peditrician told me it was fine and nothing to worry about. She didn't even tell me the medical term for it. I did not know it was a trait for down syndrome either. However, my son is advanced for his age. In his preschool class they did an evaluation and he's learning at a 5 and 6 yr old level. He rode his bike with no training wheels just 2 months after turning 4. He picks up on things very fast. He learns things quickly. He is really smart, especially for his age. I have 2 other children. My second son, 2 yrs 8 months, has slight curvature of his pinkies and my third son, 18 months, has straight pinkies. My third son is like deja vu with my first son. They do everything exactly the same way. I don't believe clinodactyly has any effect on mental abilities. I think it's just hereditary.


zach 3 years ago

Hello, I am a 15 year old with bent pinkies 1 worse than the other and I have no mental illness. My mother has it as well and we are both intelligent. I am also very athletic in hockey as the goalie. Also on my mother's side there is a trace of bent pinkies and none have mental illness.


Sylvie 4 years ago

Hi, my baby dayghter has 2 bent pinkies. I didn't thinking anything of it when THE pediatrician pointed it out. My ex has it as well. Though, searching online i came across the connection with mental retardness. My ex isn't the brightest one. He lacks empaty and has psychopatic treats. His parents are related. He was Born with a heartcondition. Knowing now there is probably more to it i fear the chromosome results. In 6 weeks i Will know more


Roqhelle 4 years ago

I am 27 years old and have lived me entire life with Bent pinkies. My mother, uncles, grandfather, and sister have them too. We are all highly intellegent people and until today I had no idea there was a name for my bent pinkies. They don't bother me except when riding a bike or playing guitar. I am happily married and they don't bother my husband either. I wasn't made fun as a child most people don't even notice unless I point it out.


ST 4 years ago

I've just noticed my 18 month old daughter has clinodactyly on both hands. she has no symptoms of any syndromes, quite the opposite in fact. Has anyone with this issue tried splinting for cosmetics reasons and had any success? By and large the recommendations I've seen online suggest splinting and non-surgical procedures yield few results.


claire 4 years ago

my son is 8years old and is in the process of being diagnosed with autism, he has clinodactyly on both his hands. he is also very far behind at school in every subject. no one believes its connected to his clinodactyly but i'm sure it is. i will show this blog to the hospital next time i go and see if they will believe me now.


Holly 4 years ago

I am a mother of twin 19 month old girls and 1 of them have bent little pinkies....my mother was watching them tonight and she had never noticed them before! I had noticed them before but never really didn't think anything off them being different. There really isn't any difference between how she and her sister act. Should I be worried?


Dakota Frommer 4 years ago from Groveland, California

My son has Clinodactyly. Although he was slow to talk and to read, he ended up earning 3 degrees from MIT. He is curious and a clever problem-solver, but not artistic or musical. His athletic pursuits have ranged from swimming to rock climbing (where a curved pinky might be useful?)


Fran 4 years ago

Until now I never knew my 2 bent pinkies had a medical/scientific name! Many members of my family have bent pinkies and they were no more than a quirky genetic inheritance from my Scottish great grandmother (on my mothers side) and who knows how far back. I'm really interested in the Celtic connection here. The pinky on my left hand is much shorter (malformed?) and than my right but my children's bent pinkies are evenly sized with just a slight curve to the ring fingers of both hands.

I was prompted to find out more about this as my daughter is doing genetics in science class at school and she showed the teacher her genetic inheritence.


Kt 4 years ago

My 7 year old daughters pinkies are both bent and she has always been advanced for her age and is a great artist and has never had problems with her fingers


becknutt 4 years ago

Both of my daughters have ” crossed toes” the middle toe curves under the first toe. My 3 year old is very advanced. the Dr just said to watch it and make sure it doesn't cause pain or problems later in life. It doesn't affect her at all. My 7 month old was born with the exact same toes. Neither my husband nor myself have any curvature. My side of the family does have a couple of curved pinky toes.


Jammie 4 years ago

Im 38 years old and I have 2 bent pinkies. My mother was always told I am very smart but always had an attention issue. I become bored in school because my mind was to aggressive for basic learning. I was the top scholar and athlete in my class. I also attended college and have been recognized as the top employee several times at my job. I have always excelled in a fast pace manner. I still like routine And Don't like dramatic change.


Barb 4 years ago

My little fingers bend in only slightly, but they bend downwards from the last knuckle at a 45 degree angle. So did my mother's little fingers and all of her sisters did as well. We would put our hands down together and they all matched. All of those women were very intelligent, particularly in finance and math, great mystery readers and puzzle solvers. I have taught art for the past 38 years and am an artist. The maternal side of the family is descended from the MacGregors of Scotland. The MacGregor who immigrated in the 1600's to Virginia changed his name to McGeehee. It would be interesting to see if there is a genetic trait following that line.


Mole 4 years ago

My step son is 8 and has severe learning difficulties, there is no proper diagnosis, apart from Global Development delay, he is not autistic but has some autistic traits, he is not Downs, whatever it is the geneticists think it is an anomaly or extremely rare. His little fingers are very bent.


Brian 4 years ago

It's important to remember that about 50% of those with down syndrome have bent pinkies (clinodactyly), not that 50% of those with bent pinkies have down syndrome (Source:Wikipedia). In reality about 1 in 10 people have clinodactyly (Wikipedia) and 1 in 700 (691.Source: CDC) have down syndrome.

Nearly everyone in my extended family has clinodactyly and we have no known mental illness (25 people have clinodactyly out of 32). In fact, we all have extensive educations and well-rounded lives. Though clinodactyly is associated with some mental illnesses, I believe that clinodactyly is a trait that can be passed independent of mental effects.


Guest 4 years ago

I am 50, can easily track the "deformity" back to great grandparent who was minor curvature, the degree of curvature increased to be more dramatic by generation, but is lessening now in my daughter & granddaughter. Our dominant heritage is native American, and no one has been on the spectrum for autism at all. In fact, all are highly intelligent & accomplished folks. Ours is not a wedge shaped bone, but a diversion at the DIP joint.


Jesu 4 years ago

I have clinodactyly pinkies on both hands and I can say that I'm above average, very inquisitive. I tried to enter Mensa online, and passed their test but failed to register a CC. my IQ hovers around 128-135. I played chess on my elementary years. I play the electric guitar now and that's the only instance when the limitations of my curved pinky arises.


Jennifer 4 years ago

Hi,

I have 2 sons,my oldest is 6 and his pinkys on each hand is curved in but one of his pinky is more severe than the other ,my youngest was born with straight pinkys. It doesn't affect him in anyway, we tell him he is special cus he makes a heart when he puts them together ;) when he was born we didn't notice it right away till we got home and i looked over everything like new mothers do and thats when i noticed it. i took him to his doctor which he stated it was fine and that it would grow straighter eventually and even said that mine and his fathers pinkys were slightly bent which we don't see at all. After all the years i have never seen another with the same thing, until my friend had her son and he had the same identical curvation in both pinkys. We see a new doctor and I mentioned the pinkys and he actually gave me the information about clinodactyly. Which lead me here, i told my friend about it and she gave me information stating that it is a sign of autism. I am not agreeing with that finding due to my son has no signs. He is very smart,never had any problems in school except that he is a class clown. He plays basketball and is actually very good at it and has been since he was 2, he is very healthy and id say that he is like every other 6 year old. Now onto my friends child who is now 2 almost 3 does worry me, he is slow advancing in talking and is not a people person,he will hide in his room kicking the wall screaming each time i visit, she is concerned that he does have autism and i am as well. Though i don't believe it be linked to the curved pinkys. I don't think we will have have it corrected due to he loves them and it does not bother him at all with his everyday life, I love that he is the way he is and if later on he chooses to get them corrected then ill stand behind him but im positive we may never cross that day..


kathryn 4 years ago

My son is 17. Is autistic and has clynodactyly in both hands. One of his fingers became fixed and so he has undergone surgery to correct his fingers on one hand and waiting for a date for his other. It is very painful for him and he has very high threshold for pain.


once 4 years ago

i hv curved little fingers...

im 21 now, i hv lots of interests, i love music, sports, art, writing, science, animal, plants and i hv no idea wht my life is gonna be. i love to think and im a dreamer..

i check out this website, as im worry if this will be inherit to my child (still young to think of this?)

i don't want this to be inherit as ..i want to make my curved finger straight since i know this(kindergarten), i still remembered that im afraid of being noticed when i we all kids are praying in the playground.

i want to be "normaler"

none of my parents hv this...im quite confused..


Arun 4 years ago

My eldest son has two curved little fingers, but one is more bent than the other. He is a very clever child with advanced language skills (forming complex sentences aged 2.5 years), was riding a bike aged 5 without stabilisers etc....Clearly a bent little finger just turns up sometimes as noone else in the family has it. It is obviously not a clear indicator of any other condition and mostly appears in isolation. Also we know a child who is very autistic and his little fingers are straight.


Arun 4 years ago

My eldest son has two curved little fingers, but one is more bent than the other. He is a very clever child with advanced language skills, was riding a bike aged 5 etc....Clearly a bent little finger just turns up sometimes as noone else in the family has it. It is obviously not a clear indicator of any other condition and mostly appears in isolation. Also we know a child who is very autistic and his little fingers are straight.


4 years ago

I am a birth defects epidemiologist who happens to have clinodactyly (middle fingers). My mother and grandmother have it too. We are creative thinkers (weird and funny) but not painters or artists or anything like that. No one in my very large extended family has autism, although lots of us have clinodactyly.

In the field of birth defects research, clinodactyly is not considered a *predictor* of any kind of anomaly (physical, cognitive, etc.). It's so common and benign that we don't even record it unless there are other anomalies present. If other amomalies are present, checking for clinodactyly can help us pinpoint which specific syndromes a child might have.


Christal 4 years ago

My husband was born with pretty bent pinkies and has a very high IQ. He likes having them that way as he says he can grip things better. We joked about our children getting them not realizing that they are inherited since my husband doesn't know anyone else with them. Well our son was born with them as well. However his pinky toes are also bent and he has syndactyly (webbing of the 2nd and 3rd toe) on both feet. Not sure where that trait came from but a male cousin of mine has it. My son seems bright and very strong. He is now 14 months old and no signs of delay so I don't think there is a definite link but many syndrome have these features so that is more likely the link. Just because you have the feature doesn't mean you have a syndrome.


Jay 4 years ago

I have clinodactyly, and so does my son. I am intelligent and very creative (drawing). My son is well ahead in his learnings, and advances in all areas. I have recently just had my ultrasound for my second son and they pointed out that he had Clinodactyly. This didn't bother me at all as i have always believed in was a hereditary thing, and never knew it was even linked to Down ect. I myself have spend hours now researching this phyical malformation, and do believe it do be a mere 'birth defect', but in saying that i am worried now and am waiting on a follow up scan to see what the doctor says. Its good hearing others stories though.


Guest 4 years ago

I am a 28 year old female and have the same curved pinkies on both hands. Just recently have I found out that this is a genetic anomaly which took me by surprise.

I have also read about the strong connection with Down and other syndromes, even mental retardation. Well, I have no syndroms of any kind, Im of no celtic heratage in any way and was very intelligent from an early age with a very high IQ.

To be honest, I don't know what to think of this and whether clinodactyly mean that we have or cary an underlying condition that may be manifested in our children/grandchildren!?!

This is my experience and hope it helped!


aron 4 years ago

I have 2 step children and my daughter has it. At this point there isn't any developmental delays or educational problems. Besides seeing an obvious curve the children don't experience any difficulties.


Tamra 4 years ago

My son has clinodactyly on both pinky fingers. He has been delayed on his milestones as well, but not so much that he is out of the normal range. He is in kindergarten now, and at our first conference his teacher expressed concern that he might need to repeat kindergarten again. I told her my experience that he needs a lot of repetition to learn things, and we both give him extra help so that he can learn what he needs to. I feel confident that he will be able to move forward normally, but he needs extra help to do so. I think that there might be some truth linking clinodactyly to mental slowness, but it can be overcome.


stephanie 5 years ago

my son has clinodactyly on both pinkies. he also has a sacral dimple and we recently found out he has hypotonia (low muscle tone). he is very delayed in gross motor and also has a delay in fine motor. at almost 10 months he is still not sitting up unassisted (although he is very close). I have desperately been trying to figure out whether he has a syndrome/chromosome abnormality etc. we are about to start tests soon. he does not have down syndrome and does not appear to be autistic as he is very engaged.. but i guess it's too early to say for sure. i hope to read more comments about this from others and will keep this page bookmarked so that i can come back to it later..


Steph 5 years ago

Hello, I'm Steph and i am now a young adult with clinodactyly. I've found in my research it to mainly be a hereditary condition with celtic heritage.

In reference to the connection with down syndrome, what i've gathered is 50% of those with down syndrome have it, but if 10% of the population have clinodactyly, then i really don't see a strong correlation.

I'm currently ignoring recent research linking it to autism; autism can be considered the smallest social abnormalty and can be linked to almost anything.

I have never heard of it being related to creativity, but i have been dancing since i could walk, and i've been developing my vocals since 10, so who knows?

Thats all i've worked out so far, hopefully others can shed more light

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