Ectrodactyly Cleft Palate Syndrome
Type of disease: Rare conditions
Ectrodactyly, also know as split hand, cleft hand, and lobster claw hand, is a rare condition that takes multiple forms.The hand and/or feet of a person with ectrodactyly will be missing one or more fingers or toes (or even just a part of a finger or toe). In the most common form (which is described by its other names), people with ectrodactyly have their thumb and their little finger and ring finger and are missing their index finger and middle finger, with a similar situation of their feet. Sometimes people with ectrodactyly are born with syndactyly of their ring finer and little finer; this means that their ring finger and middle finger are fused or joined together. People are born with ectrodactyly and the condition can often be detected by ultrasound before the baby is born.Once the baby has been born, parents sometimes choose to have surgery on the baby’s hands and feet for cosmetic reasons (how it looks). There are multiple forms of ectrodactyly, one of which is ectrodactyly cleft palate syndrome, also known as EEC or ECC syndrome. Symptoms of ECC include the typical cleft hand associated with ectrodactyly in addition to facial clefts (an opening or gap in the face, affecting bone and skin), urinary tract infections, decreased color in the hair and eyes, and missing or abnormal teeth. Talk with your doctor if you or your child has been diagnosed with ectrodactyly cleft palate syndrome to find the best treatment for you.