Claw hand is a condition that causes curved or bent fingers. This makes the hand appear like the claw of an animal.
See also: Claw foot
Claw hand can be something that someone is born with (congenital) or that they develop because of certain disorders, such as nerve injury.
If the condition is congenital, it is usually diagnosed at birth. If you notice claw hand developing, contact your health care provider.
Your doctor or nurse will examine you, and closely look at your hands and feet. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms.
The following tests may be done to check for nerve damage:
Treatment depends on the cause. It may include:
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Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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