Snapping thumb in infants and children

John A. Bollinger, John J. Fahey

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The literature has been reviewed and seven cases of snapping thumb in children are added to the sixty-six cases previously reported in the world literature. For the first time the syndrome is reported in twins, one of which was bilateral. This may give further evidence for a congenital predisposition theory. In one of our cases locking occurred in extension which has never previously been described previously. Both the thickened tendon sheath and nodule on the tendon were palpable in this case. The chief variance of the clinical manifestations in children is the greater tendency for locking and less frequent incidence in the fingers. Surgery is the treatment of choice with uniformly satisfactory results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-450
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1952

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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