Updated: 11/10/2019

Radial Clubhand (radial deficiency)

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Introduction
  • longitudinal deficiency of the radius
    • likely related to sonic hedgehog gene
    • thumb usually deficient as well
    • bilateral in 50-72%
    • incidence is 1:100,000
  • Associated with q  
    • TAR
      • autosomal recessive condition with thrombocytopenia and absent radius
      • different in that thumb is typically present 
    • Fanconi's anemia
      • autosomal recessive condition with aplastic anemia
      • Fanconi screen and chromosomal breakage test to screen
      • treatment is bone marrow transplant
    • Holt-Oram syndrome
      • autosomal dominant condition characterized by cardiac defects
    • VACTERL Syndrome
      • vertebral anomalies, anal atresia, cardiac abnormalities, tracheoesophageal fistula, renal agenesis, and limb defects) 
    • VATER Syndrome
      • vertebral anomalies, anal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistula, esophageal atresia, renal agenesis) 

Classification
 
Bayne and Klug Classification
Type I Deficient distal radial epiphysis 
Type II Deficient distal and proximal radial epiphyses
Type III Present proximally (partial aplasia)
Type IV Completely absent (total aplasia - most common)
 
Presentation
  • Physical exam
    • deformity of hand with perpendicular relationship between forearm and wrist 
    • absent thumb
    • perform careful elbow examination
Imaging
  • Radiographs
    • entire radius and often thumb is absent 
  • Laboratory
    • must order CBC, renal ultrasound, and echocardiogram to screen for associated conditions q
Treatment
  • Nonoperative
    • passive stretching
      • target tight radial-sided structures
    • observation
      • indicated if absent elbow motion or biceps deficiency
        • hand deformity allows for extra reach to mouth in presence of a stiff elbow
  • Operative
    • hand centralization
      • indications
        • good elbow motion and biceps function intact
        • done at 6-12 months of age 
        • followed by tendon transfers
      • contraindications
        • older patient with good function
        • patients with elbow extension contracture who rely on radial deviation
        • proximate terminal condition
      • technique 
        • involves resection of varying amount of carpus, shortening of ECU, and, if needed, an angular osteotomy of the ulna (be sure to spare ulnar distal physis)
        • may do as two stage procedure in combination with a distraction external fixator
        • if thumb deformity then combine with thumb reconstruction at 18 months of age
 

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(OBQ11.143) A child is seen in the pediatric orthopedic hand clinic for evaluation of a congenital deformity. A clinical photograph and radiograph are seen in Figures A and B. What is the next best step in this child's evaluation to rule out an associated autosomal-recessive lethal condition? Review Topic

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Cardiac ultrasound and renal ultrasound

27%

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Cardiac ultrasound, barium swallow and MRI

3%

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LFTs, CBC and cardiac ultrasound

8%

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Cardiac ultrasound, peripheral blood smear and MRI

9%

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CBC, peripheral blood smear and chromosomal breakage analysis

53%

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(OBQ11.149) A 7-month-old boy has radial longitudinal deficiency. The initial work-up is negative for any cardiac, hematopoetic or renal abnormalities. He has good active elbow flexion and no other deformities. A clinical image and radiograph are seen in Figures A and B. Surgical management should include which of the following? Review Topic

QID: 3572
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Definitive splinting and stretching

8%

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Pollicization of the index finger

3%

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ECRB and ECRL transfers to the ulna

2%

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Free fibula transfer to the forearm

3%

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Ulna centralization and possible tendon transfers

83%

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(OBQ09.152) A 6-year-old boy presents to your office with a forearm deformity and the radiographs shown in Figure A. What additional tests must be ordered for this patient? Review Topic

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CBC

2%

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CBC and renal ultrasound only

5%

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CBC, renal ultrasound, and echocardiogram

91%

(3341/3663)

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CBC and MRI

1%

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No additional testing needed

1%

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(OBQ08.19) A 2-year-old boy has the upper limb deformity seen in Figures A and B. All of the following are associated with this condition EXCEPT? Review Topic

QID: 405
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Fanconi's Anemia

5%

(102/2068)

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Holt-Oram syndrome

3%

(72/2068)

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VATER syndrome

3%

(52/2068)

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VACTERL syndrome

3%

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta

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(SAE07PE.82) A 4-year-old child was born with bilateral congenital radial clubhands. Which of the following associated conditions is a contraindication to centralization of the hands on the ulna? Review Topic

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Congenital scoliosis

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Hypoplastic thumb

25%

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Tracheoesophageal fistula

1%

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Imperforate anus

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Lack of elbow flexion

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