Arachnodactyly is a condition in which the fingers are long, slender, and curved. They look like the legs of a spider (arachnid).
Dolichostenomelia (refers to a long, slender body, not just fingers); Spider fingers; Achromachia
Long, slender fingers can be normal and not associated with any medical problems. In some cases, however, "spider fingers" can be a sign of an underlying disorder.
Causes may include:
Note: Having long, slender fingers may be normal.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Some children are born with arachnodactyly. It may become more evident over time. Talk to your health care provider if your child has long, slender fingers and you are concerned that an underlying condition may exist.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
The provider will perform a physical exam. You will be asked questions about the medical history. This includes:
Diagnostic tests are most often not necessary unless a hereditary disorder is suspected.
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Review Date: 12/13/2017
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