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Doctors, do you think I can die because of clinodactyly the curved fifth finger?

Doctors, do you think I can die because of clinodactyly the curved fifth finger?

No: It is a congenital boney deformity causing abnormal growth of the phalynx and results in angulation at the DIP joint. It is not a systemic disease and is not fatal. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Clinodactyly (Definition)

Most commonly involves the little finger and is a growth abnormality of a phalynx causing the finger to grow at an angle from the longitudinal ...Read more


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Can you tell me in humans, clinodactyly (bent little finger) is inherited would be affected with and show clinodactyly?

Can you tell me in humans, clinodactyly (bent little finger) is inherited would be affected with and show clinodactyly?

Clinodactyly: means cooked finger in greek, (dactylos:finger) it runs in families but is not purely genetic, may vary in generations andean be associated with genetic syndromes (illness that r uncommon but that a pediatrician would pick up on) Typically the little figer distal joint is bent in a bit but no problem results no treatment is needed. It just a minor cosmetic variance ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to die because of clinodactyly the curved fifth finger?

No, not directly...: Because this is a relatively common congenital problem and is usually only a cosmetic problem. It can be associated with other syndromes, however, which may include more serious features than clinodactyly. ...Read more

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Index finger clinodactyly. Had surgery on left finger, looks terrible. Is there any other method or good doctor i can find?

Index finger clinodactyly.  Had surgery on left finger, looks terrible.  Is there any other method or good doctor i can find?

Clinodactyly: Has different methods of treatment and you should easily find another hand surgeon who can advise you and help you with your recovery from your first operation. Google 'hand surgeons' in your community and you should find suitable alternatives. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up with numbness on my little finger? Every morning

Why do I wake up with numbness on my little finger?  Every morning

Ulnar nerve: A numb little finger is usually due to compression of the ulnar nerve. The most common place to compress it is at the elbow, sometimes by sleeping one your back with the elbow bent and the "funny bone" part of the elbow pressing against the bed. Another place to compress is at the wrist--usually by bending the wrist. If you sleep with your elbow bent a lot, there are ways to prevent that. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why my ring and little finger always tingle ?

Could use expert help with why my ring and little finger always tingle ?

Possible ulnar: Neuropathy. Those two fingers often suggest an ulnar neuropath, see a physiatrist for a thorough physical exam and history, possible emg. Often entrapment of the ulnar nerve at the elbow can cause this, but it can be many other things as well. ...Read more

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I cut a chunk out of my little finger on a mandolin slicer... What's the best way to bandage it?

Simple Treatment: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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What does numbness in the left little finger mean? This started only two weeks ago. How serious is it?

What does numbness in the left little finger mean? This started only two weeks ago.  How serious is it?

Correlations: Could be ulnar nerve problem at elbow or wrist but also might be localized digital nerve. If persists, have your doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my little finger will not straighten out?

What do you suggest if my little finger will not straighten out?

Hand therapy: You may have a contracture in your little finger due to spasticity or immobility. Go to your doctor to have an exam and see if you can get a referral for some hand therapy to work it out. If necessary, your doctor can also refer you to a hand surgeon who in difficult cases can do a release or z plasty, sometimes injections, to help you get your pinky working normally again. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think I have a body identity integrity disorder. So that i want to remove my little finger from the body. What should I do?

Please do NOT: Amputate your finger. I strongly encourage you to get involved in therapy right away. Recommend seeing a doctoral level behavioral health provider. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be effective for you. ...Read more

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How can I treat little finger swelling and pain?

How can I treat little finger swelling and pain?

Depends: What is the cause? Irresponsible of me to offer a diagnosis - might i suggest seeing your family physician? ...Read more

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My little finger always goes numb. What could be the cause?

Ulnar nerve problem: The little finger sensation is carried by the ulnar nerve. This nerve goes behind the bone on the inside of your elbow and can be compressed there. The more you flex your elbow, the more pressure you can be putting on this nerve causing your little finger and pinky side of your ring finger to go numb. Don't lean on your elbow as much, but if it keeps up get it checked out by a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What can cause my middle, ring and little finger numbness and pain?

What can cause my middle, ring and little finger numbness and pain?

Ulnar: Description suggests a localized problem from the ulnar nerve, perhaps at wrist or elbow (more likely). An EMG test might well localize and diagnose. See your doctor and get started. ...Read more

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My little finger has been numb for 8 weeks, is this a serious concern?

My little finger has been numb for 8 weeks, is this a serious concern?

Cubital tunnel: It could be cubital tunnel syndrome - a pinched nerve at the elbow. A hand surgeon can make the definitive diagnosis and treat. In the meantime avoid leaning on your elbow and avoid the bent position of the elbow for long periods. ...Read more

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What can I get to use on my little finger that locks each time i make a fist?

What can I get to use on my little finger that locks each time i make a fist?

Warmth: Something warm may help, like icy-hot or mentholatum or a warm compress. Might want to try physical therapy, they might be able to give you a hint on some exercises. ...Read more