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

Hisham Abd Alkarem Alkattan


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.


Gangrenous thumb; thumb sucking

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5915/40-2-5506

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