10 COMMON DISEASES

CAUSES OF 10
COMMON SYMPTOMS

ARACHNODACTYLY

 
Subject Contents

Arachnodactyly

 
Definition
Arachnodactyly is a physical condition in which the fingers are long, slender, and curved, resembling a spider's legs.
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Alternative Names
Dolichostenomelia; Spider fingers; Achromacria
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Considerations
Long, slender fingers can be a normal variation, not associated with any medical problems. However, in some cases, the tendency to develop spider fingers can indicate an underlying hereditary disorder.
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Common Causes
  • normal finding
  • Marfan's syndrome
  • homocystinuria
  • spondylocostal dysostosis
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    Home Care

     
    Call your health care provider if
    Some children are born with arachnodactyly, although it may develop over time. Consult with your health care provider during a routine examination if your child has long, slender fingers and you are concerned that an underlying condition may exist.
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    What to expect at your health care provider's office
    The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed. Medical history questions documenting arachnodactyly in detail may include:
  • time pattern
  • When did you first notice the fingers being shaped like this?
  • family history
  • Is there any family history of early death?
  • Is there any family history of known hereditary disorders?
  • other
  • What other symptoms are also present?
  • Have you noticed any other unusual things?
  • The physical examination may include thorough inspection for other indications that a hereditary disorder may be present. Diagnostic tests are usually not necessary unless a hereditary disorder is suspected.
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