Doctors give fascinating photo's of a baby born with a huge vesicle growth on his hand that could be an extra thumb & # 39;
- The baby, in Singapore, was born with a common condition called polydactyly
- But doctors say that an unusual case such as his & # 39; has never been reported & # 39;
- The piece contained no bones or muscles, so it was cut off with scissors
- The condition is thought to occur in up to 1,000 babies
Sam Blanchard Health Reporter for Mailonline
Doctors have released a series of fascinating photos of a strange balloon-like growth in the hand of a baby.
The child was born with a dangling lump on his hand that could have developed into a second thumb.
However, it turned out to be essentially a piece of meat with a huge blister on it.
Doctors in Singapore claim that the bizarre growth, 0.9 cm (2.5 cm) long, is the first of its kind ever recorded.
The nameless boy was born in Singapore weighing 7.5 lbs (3.5 kg) and the doctors noticed that he had a large fleshy growth with a blister that stuck out of his left thumb.
Contains no bone, muscle or nerves, the lump was medically identified as a stem with a large pus-filled blister at the end.
In their study in the journal BMJ Case Reports, the doctors said they could not figure out the cause of the growth, but said something like & # 39; never reported & # 39;
The baby is believed to have been born at the KK Women & # 39; s Hospital in Singapore, where doctors acted immediately to fix the growth on his thumb.
An X-ray was taken just four hours after the boy was born weighing 7.5 lbs (3.5 kg) after 37 weeks.
Medics used scissors to cut off growth under local anesthesia.
The growth was balloon-shaped. His tightly stretched skin gave it a hard and shiny appearance.
A huge blister at the tip of the soft tissue measured 1.6 cm (0.6 inch) by 1.5 cm (0.6ins) – it is believed to have been painless.
The condition behind growth is called polydactyly. Normally baby & # 39; s get an extra piece of skin. In rarer cases they can develop a fully formed finger or toe.
Polydactyly, caused by genetic malformations before a baby is born, is the most common limb defect in babies & # 39; s. It occurs in about one in 500 births.
The boy was given an X-ray when he was barely four hours old and doctors discovered that the growth did not contain any bones and was only connected to the boy's body by a skin stalk.
Medics cut off the lump, which had a massive pus-filled blister, under local anesthetic with scissors – they chose not to cut off the blood supply and drop it in case the nerve damage caused the healthy boy's thumb
Boys are twice as likely to be affected than girls and the most common form of treatment is surgery to remove the extra figure.
Polydactyly can be caused by a genetic defect or inherited from a family member – doctors have not discovered the cause in this patient.
The growths are usually less well formed than other figures and in this case the boy's copy was not controllable.
Doctors decided not to remove the clump by closing the blood circulation, as this could cause nerve damage in the healthy thumb.
FAMILY WHO HAVE ALL EXTRA FINGERS AND TEN
Members of an extraordinary family in India have 600 figures between them – with each of the 25 members with 12 fingers and 12 toes.
Krishna Choudhary, who lives in a small village in Gaya, in Bihar, North India, has six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot – like his father and siblings.
But the unusual situation has led the 50-year-old to find it difficult to arrange his daughter's marriages – because future husbands do not like the situation.
The Choudhary family, from Gaya in northern India, are all born with extra fingers and toes because of a genetic condition called polydactyly
Choudhary said: & # 39; My father and grandfather had 24 fingers. I have 24 fingers together with my brothers and sister and our children and grandchildren are also affected by the condition. & # 39;
The extra digitis are caused by a condition that is called polydactyly and that can be genetically passed on and allow additional fingers and toes to grow on babies before they are born.