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Lady with ‘lobster claw’ feet


A 94-year-old woman admitted with confusion secondary to a urinary tract infection exhibited deformities in all four limbs that were present from birth. Her appearance was suggestive of split hand/split foot malformation a rare congenital condition that affects the central rays of the distal limb portion. She had no syndromic features and had lived without support or assistance of her daily activities. A keen knitter, she regularly knitted for her three grandchildren, all of which, along with her son, were unaffected by this condition.

  • genetics
  • geriatric medicine
  • genetic screening / counselling

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