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Brachydactyly: What Does This Really Mean?



Brachydactyly is a medical term for the shortened hand bones associated with Pseudohypoparathyroidism.

Shortened hand bones are associated with Pseudohypoparathyroidism.

Brachydactyly is a Medical Term For  Shortened Hand Bones Associated With Pseudohypoparathyroidism.



Patients with Pseudohypoparathyroidism have shorter than average hands and fingers. Usually the middle finger sticks out noticeably above the rest. The pinky and thumb are approximately the same length on my hand. When I am asked to make a fist, it is noticed that the 3rd and 4th knuckles are not visible. The knuckles are replaced by dimples. The bone that creates a  knuckle is there, it is just diminished.


Does Having a Small Hand Affect Day To Day Activities?


Every person is different, but for me, having a small hand does not usually hinder my daily activities too much. I can grasp anything from a hammer to a soda can, but sometimes I do lose my grip. On occasion I may have to use both my right and left hand to hold an extra large and heavy glass. The biggest complaint I have is when I need to buy winter hand gloves, or any hand gloves for that matter. Latex hand gloves are a challenge because one size does not fit all without modifications. I end up buying my winter hand gloves in the children’s glove department of the store because adult gloves do not fit me at all.

What If I Can’t Grasp Things Easily With My Hand?

Speak with your doctor about any difficulties you are having with hand grasp. Perhaps your doctor can refer you to a physical therapist to help with strengthening your hand grasp. It might mean your hand muscles are weakened, it might mean a problem with your hand joints. It can mean any number of problems with your hand. The best thing is to ask a professional because every hand problem is different.

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I created this site to share my experience with Pseudohypoparathyroidism.

Most of the websites I've found on the topic say the same thing without any real insight into the complexities of dealing with this condition.

After being in contact with a few others who have or have family members with Pseudohypoparathyroidism, I realized that there are a number of details that patients may not be aware of.

I hope this site will help fill some of those information gaps.

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