There is no specific treatment for the clubbing itself. Home care depends on the diagnosis.
Call your health care provider if
If you notice clubbing, call your health care provider.
What to expect at your health care provider's office
A person with clubbing usually has other symptoms and signs of a specific condition. Diagnosing that condition is based on:
- Family history
- Medical history
- Physical exam that looks at the lungs and chest
Medical history questions may include:
- Do you have any breathing difficulty?
- Does clubbing affect the fingers, toes, or both?
- Is it becoming more noticeable?
- Is the skin ever bluish-colored?
- What other symptoms do you have?
- When did you first notice this?
The following tests may be done:
Arterial blood gas
CT scan Chest x-ray Echocardiogram EKG Pulmonary function tests
Review Date: 11/02/2009
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.