Claw hand is a condition that causes curved or bent fingers. This makes the hand appear like the claw of an animal.
Claw hand can be something that someone is born with (congenital) or that they develop because of certain disorders, such as nerve injury.
- Congenital abnormality
Nerve damagein the arm
- Scarring after a severe burn of the hand or forearm
Review Date: 07/28/2010
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.