Hand differences

Hand Difference Statistics

Table 1:

Hand Difference reported to Victorian Birth Defects Register,
1983-2005

Hand Difference
Number
% of all Hand Difference
n/10,000 births
Complete absence of upper limb 20 0.9 0.1
Absence of forearm 36 1.7 0.2
Absence of hand and/or fingers 292 13.6 2.0
Arthrogryposis 127 5.9 0.9
Polydactyly – fingers/thumbs 746 34.7 5.1
Fused fingers 108 5.0 0.7
Webbed fingers 131 6.1 0.9
Syndactyly of fingers, not otherwise specified 102 4.8 0.7
Poland Syndrome 36 1.7 0.2
Other Hand Difference (fingers)* 470 21.9 3.2
Other Hand Difference (hand)# 79 3.7 0.5
Total 2,147 100.0 14.7
Total births (83-05) 1,456,903
Total birth defect conditions (83-05) (not cases) 131,431

 

* includes brachydactyly, camptodactyly, clinodactyly, ectrodactyly, macrodactyly, symbrachydactyly
#includes claw hand, fixed flexion deformities etc.

Please Note:

Data source: Victorian Birth Defects Register, Perinatal Data Collection Unit, Department of Human Services, 2007. Permission to display the data above marked “Table 1” has been granted by the Manager of the Perinatal Data Collection Unit.

This information may not be used, reproduced or copied unless express permission has been received from the granting authority.

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