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Flexion deformity
Dear Doctor, Since last 2 to 3 months we have noticed that my 2.5 years old daughter is continuously keeping her left thumb folded/bent. We tried to straighten up it with massage but again it bents. Then we have done xray. As per report flexion deformity in interphalangeal joints seen. I would like to know more about this deformity, reason for the same and its treatment in medical science with your help. We are very scared. Please help us out. Thanks
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Dr. Biswajit Dutta Baruah
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It is likely that she may be having a trigger thumb. A nodule forms at the level of the palm crease that gets stuck in a pulley leading to flexion deformity. Such a deformity cannot be seen on the xray. It would be ideal for you to visit a pediatric ortho surgeon who can rule out this condition by clinical examination. Following this he may order USG or MRI to confirm his clinical examination.
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