- Polydactyly is common. One in 500 births produce a child with polydactyly.
- The extra appendage is most often on the small digit side of the foot or hand.
- The condition stems from a mutation in the DNA that causes the congenital defect.
- It is equally probable to occur in a female as it is in a male.
- African Americans exhibit polydactyly more than any other race. Asian populations also exhibit polydactyly but tend to have the extra appendage as a larger digit on the hand or foot.
- It can be an indicator of genetic problems or diseases that might crop up in the future.
- Having the extra digit removed early on in life will present fewer social problems.
The definition of polydactl is having more than the usual number of fingers and toes - for a human, it is more than five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot.
Facts About Polydactl
An example of polydactl are are the multi-toed cats in Key West, Florida which are decendants of the polydactl cats owned by Ernest Hemingway, with more than the normal five toes on each front paw and four toes on each hind paw.