Multidigit camptodactyly of the hands and feet: A case study

Kristy L. Hamilton, David T. Netscher

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A clinical case of a 12-year-old boy who presented with multidigit, nonsyndromal, progressive camptodactyly is discussed. While bilateral little finger camptodactyly is well described, there is no documentation of camptodactyly involving all fingers and many toes as well as both proximal (PIP) and distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints. This patient responded well to surgery, which was performed on four toes and seven fingers, despite having established radiographic changes of camptodactyly in the PIP joints as well as two DIP joints. This case illustrates that in the skeletally immature patient, successful surgical outcomes can occur even in patients with radiographic bone changes, which themselves may be reversible following PIP contracture release. This patient's separate fingers presented with deformity at different stages. A single patient with multiple digit involvement is illustrative of the range of clinical presentations and treatment options for camptodactyly. This article serves to inform hand surgeons about the potential consequences of avoiding surgical treatment, the need for a severity staging system, and the breadth of presentations in camptodactyly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-329
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Camptodactyly
  • Distal interphalangeal joint
  • Multidigit
  • Nonsyndromal
  • Proximal interphalangeal joint
  • Radiographic changes
  • Toe involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery


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