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A 44-year-old member asked:

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a sesamoid bone of the hand and when does it require treatment?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 23 years experience
Accessory bones: Some have extra small sesamoid bones which only need treatment if there is something wrong with them or if they are causing a problem.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What exactly is a sesamoid bone (in hand) and when does it require treatment?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Extra bone: Sesamoid bone is an extra bone that usually forms in a tendon. Knee cap is an example of a normal sesamoid bone. It may require treatement only if it is interfering with the function of your hand. Even then conservative treatment should be given a long trial.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is a small sesamoid bone of the hand and when should I look for treatment?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
It is a normal bone: A sesamoid is a normal bone that functions as an anchoring point for ligaments and a pulley of sort for tendons. There are 2 in each thumb and they may appear in the little finger and even the index. Thumbs can have sesamoid metacarpal arthritis or a stress fracture of a sesamoid.
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Last updated Mar 15, 2014

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