Klippel-Feil syndrom: a duplicated thumb
Aryť Weinberg, Andreas Eberhard Albers
The Pan African Medical Journal. ;31:42. doi:10.11604/pamj..31.42.16327

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Klippel-Feil syndrom: a duplicated thumb

Aryé Weinberg, Andreas Eberhard Albers
Pan Afr Med J. 2018; 31:42. doi:10.11604/pamj.2018.31.42.16327. Published 20 Sep 2018



A 71-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of a vertigo. At clinical examination a duplicated right thumb was noticed. The Patient revealed that she was suffering from Klippel-Feil Syndrom (KFS). KFS is a rare skeletal disease where a mutation of the GDF6 and GDF3 genes can be found. It is characterized by congenital fusion of any of the 7 cervical vertebrae. There can be associations with other malformations such as congenital elevation of the scapula (Sprengelís deformity), spina bifida, scoliosis, cleft palate, malformations of the heart, head, face, arms, legs and fingers. Because of these heterogeneous medical associated conditions treatment for KFS is symptomatic and can include surgery.


Corresponding author:
Aryť Weinberg, Prosper-Hospital, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Recklinghausen, Germany
aryeweinberg@gmail.com

©Aryť Weinberg et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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