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Brachydactyly (Greek βραχί- = "short" plus δακτίλος = "finger") is a medical term which literally means "shortness of the fingers and toes" (digits). The shortness is relative to the length of other long bones and other parts of the body. Brachydactyly is an inherited, usually dominant trait. It most often occurs as an isolated dysmelia, but can also occur with other anomalies as part of many congenital syndromes.
Nomograms for normal values of finger length as a ratio to other body measurements have been published. In clinical genetics the most commonly used index of digit length is the ratio of the 3rd (middle) finger in cm to the hand length in cm. Both are measured in an open hand from the fingertip to the principal creases where the finger joins the palm and where the palm joins the wrist. A nomogram can be found in the Appendix of Jones, ed. Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation, 5th edition, Philadelphia: Saunders (1997).
There are several types of Brachydactyly:
|Type||OMIM||Gene||Locus||Also known as/Description|
|Type A1, BDA1||112500||IHH BDA1B||5p13.3-p13.2, 2q33-q35||Brachydactyly type A1 or Farabee-type brachydactyly. BDA1 is an autosomal dominant inherited disease. Features include: Brachydactyly, Short or absent phalanges, Extra carpal bones, Hypoplastic or absent ulna and Short metacarpal bones.|
|Type A2, BDA2||112600||BMPR1B GDF5||20q11.2, 4q23-q24||Brachydactyly type A2, Brachymesophalangy II or Brachydactyly Mohr-Wriedt type. Type A2 is a very rare form of brachydactyly. The phalanges of the index fingers and second toes are shortened.|
|Type A3, BDA3||112700||Brachydactyly type A3, Brachymesophalangy V or Brachydactyly-Clinodactyly.|
|Type A4, BDA4||112800||Brachydactyly type A4, Brachymesophalangy II and V or Brachydactyly Temtamy type|
|Type A5, BDA5||112900||Brachydactyly type A5 nail dysplasia.|
|Type A6, BDA6||112910||Brachydactyly type A6 or Osebold-Remondini syndrome.|
|Type A7, BDA7||Brachydactyly type A7 or Brachydactyly Smorgasbord type.|
|Type B, BDB (or BDB1)||113000||ROR2||9q22||Brachydactyly type B.|
|Type C, BDC||113100||GDF5||20q11.2||Brachydactyly type C or Brachydactyly Haws type.|
|Type D, BDD||113200||HOXD13||2q31-q32||Brachydactyly type D or Stub Thumb.|
|Type E, BDE||113300||HOXD13||2q31-q32||Brachydactyly type E.|
|Type B and E||112440||ROR2 HOXD13||9q22, 2q31-q32||Brachydactyly types B and E combined, Ballard syndrome or Pitt-Williams brachydactyly.|
|Type A1B, BDA1B||607004||5p13.3-p13.2||Brachydactyly type A1, B.|
In the above brachydactyly syndromes, short digits are the most prominent of the anomalies, but in many other syndromes (Down's syndrome, Cushing syndrome, Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, etc), brachydactyly is a minor feature compared to the other anomalies or problems comprising the syndrome.