BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.03.2012.6149
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How many fingers should be there to be a competent electrician?-two cases of ectrodactyly

  1. Thomas Nishanth
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Chandrasekharan Rajasekharan, drcrajasekharan{at}


Two patients, a 74-year-old electrician and a 54-year-old male plumber were admitted for cardiac disease. Both the patients reported no disability in doing their job effectively. Both patients improved with treatment. The first patient was having bilateral ectrodactly with partial involvement of the feet, showing aplastic index middle and hypoplastic ring finger on the right side and absent ring finger on the left side (bilateral Lobster-claw deformity). The third …

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