Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: wilma | 2011-12-13

Q.

TRIGGER THUMB

my granddaughter of 21 mnths was already under anaesthetic for an op to correct the trigger thumb when the othopaedic surgeon fixed it without having to cut  now the trigger thumb is back again. Are there any alternative treatments without having the op? It doesn''t seem to bother her but I am very worried about permanent damage and that she may be in pain without being able to tell us? The dr is on leave now so perhaps I should see another or can I just go to a paediatrician.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The correct treatment for trigger thumb is surgery, but this is not usually performed until children are two years old. About 30% of babies born with a trigger thumb will recover by themselves before the age of 1 year. However if the trigger thumb persists as it has done with your granddaughter, then surgery is always the best option.Babies and young children do not usually have pain with a trigger thumb,but the deformity caused by this trigger thumb will remain for life unless it is corrected.

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