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Alternative NamesDolichostenomelia; Spider fingers; Achromacria
Definition Return to top
Arachnodactyly is a physical condition in which the fingers are long, slender, and curved, resembling a spider's legs.
Considerations Return to top
Long, slender fingers can be normal and not associated with any medical problems. In some cases, however, the tendency to develop spider fingers can indicate an underlying disease.
Causes Return to top
Note: Having long, slender fingers may be normal.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Some children are born with arachnodactyly, although it may develop over time. Consult with your health care provider during a routine examination if your child has long, slender fingers and you are concerned that an underlying condition may exist.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about the patient's medical history, including:
Diagnostic tests are usually not necessary unless a hereditary disorder is suspected.Update Date: 2/27/2008 Updated by: Rachel A. Lewis, MD, FAAP, Columbia University Pediatric Faculty Practice, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.