By Gary M. White, MD

Ainhum is a constricting band around a digit, usually the fifth toe, that may lead to autoamputation.


A constricting band usually around the fifth toe in an elderly East African who walks barefoot is characteristic. It is usually bilateral, and spontaneous amputation may occur.


Trauma should be avoided. Amputation for a dangling digit may be necessary. Surgical Z-plasty may be performed.


Med J DY Patil Univ 2013;6:217-8


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