Unusual Method of Thumb-sucking Prevention Leads to Bilateral Gangrenous Thumbs

  • Hisham Abd Alkarem Alkattan Department of Surgery, Mosul Medical College, Mosul, Iraq
Keywords: Gangrenous thumb, thumb sucking

Abstract

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/40-2-5506

This is a case report of a toddler whose mother, out of concern for her child and to aid him to stop sucking his thumbs, used a nylon cover secured by a thin elastic band on both thumbs. Ultimately, gangrene resulted, and both thumbs were amputated at the metacarpophalengeal joints. This was an unusual course of management, and a similar case has not been reported previously.

Author Biography

Hisham Abd Alkarem Alkattan, Department of Surgery, Mosul Medical College, Mosul, Iraq
Lecturer, Department of Surgery
Mosul Medical College
Mosul University
Published
2008-05-01
Section
Case Reports