Destructive deformation of the digits with auto-amputation: a review of pseudo-ainhum.

Pseudo-ainhum is an auto-amputation of the digits. Although extremely rare, it is a traumatic and painful experience that can be alleviated with early recognition and intervention. The scientific literature is filled with reports of this interesting but unfortunate phenomenon. To date, a firm causative aetiology has not yet been established. Although reports on this phenomenon have attempted to further our understanding of pseudo-ainhum, a clear understanding has been complicated by the interchangeable use of terms describing this auto-amputation. In this review, we discuss the current understanding, diagnostic criteria, and management of pseudo-ainhum. Furthermore, the nomenclature of pseudo-ainhum is clarified. Ideally, this will allow for more efficient exploration of pseudo-ainhum, its causes, and therapeutic approaches.
AuthorsR M Rashid, E Cowan, S A Abbasi, J Brieva, M Alam
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV (J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol) Vol. 21 Issue 6 Pg. 732-7 (Jul 2007) ISSN: 0926-9959 [Print] Netherlands
PMID17567298 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Review)
  • Ainhum (diagnosis, epidemiology, etiology, therapy)
  • Amputation
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Prevalence

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