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DefinitionClaw hand is a condition characterized by curved or bent fingers, which makes it appear like the claw of an animal. See also claw foot .
ConsiderationsClaw hand can be something that a child is born with (congenital), or it can develop as a consequence of certain disorders (acquired).
Call your health care provider if
If the condition is congenital, it is usually diagnosed at birth. If you notice claw hand developing, contact your health care provider.
The health care provider will perform a physical examination . This examination may include extra attention to examination of the hands and feet.
The health care provider will also obtain your medical history. Medical history questions documenting claw hand in detail may include:
Update Date: 2/12/2003Andrew L. Chen, M.D., M.S., Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT