Radial hemimelia

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Child born with tracheo-esophageal fistula. Hand deformity.

Patient Data

Age: < 1 year
Gender: Male
X-ray

Total absence of the radius.

The hand only has four digits.

Case Discussion

Radial hemimelia is a congenital absence of the radius.  This may be a partial or total absence of the radius. It may be associated with other digit abnormalities.

It is also often related to associated congenital abnormalities as in this case with tracheo-esophageal fistula. This forms part of the VACTERL association.

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