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Clinodactyly: A Genetic Abnormality
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.
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:
- any relevant information regarding clinodactyly
- to find out if there is any truth to the theory that clinodactyly is linked to mental retardation or Down syndrome
- if it is linked to creativity, artistic abilities, or even musical talent.
So please, read and join the discussion in the comments section below.