Observational Study
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World J Orthop. Nov 18, 2019; 10(11): 387-393
Published online Nov 18, 2019. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v10.i11.387
Epidemiology of syndactyly in New York State
Ishaan Swarup, Yi Zhang, Huong Do, Aaron Daluiski
Ishaan Swarup, Aaron Daluiski, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 10021, United States
Yi Zhang, Huong Do, Healthcare Research Institute, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 10021, United States
Author contributions: Swarup I and Daluiski A designed this study, reviewed the data, and wrote the manuscript; Zhang Y and Do H extracted the data, performed data analysis, and assisted with manuscript preparation.
Institutional review board statement: This study was approved by the institutional review board of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Informed consent statement: Not applicable (database study).
Conflict-of-interest statement: None of the authors have any relevant conflicts of interest related to this work.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
STROBE statement: STROBE statement has been reviewed and adopted.
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Corresponding author: Aaron Daluiski, MD, Doctor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, United States. daluiskia@hss.edu
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Received: June 5, 2019
Peer-review started: June 10, 2019
First decision: July 30, 2019
Revised: August 22, 2019
Accepted: September 15, 2019
Article in press: September 15, 2019
Published online: November 18, 2019
Core Tip

Core tip: There is paucity of literature focusing on the incidence and surgical management of syndactyly. In our study, we found the incidence of syndactyly to be 7 cases per 10000 live births in New York State, and the majority of patients underwent surgical correction before age two. Most patients did not receive surgical care in New York State, indicating there may be barriers to care such as the availability of specialized hand surgeons, access to teaching hospitals, and insurance status. Additional study is needed to better understand outcomes after surgical management of syndactyly.