ID#: 16966
This image from 1969, depicted the hands of a patient from a dorsal perspective, highlighting degenerative changes that had affected the tips of his fingers and thumbs, determined to be due to autoamputation of the tissue, and an accompanying loss of sensation in the patient’s distal digits. The condition was diagnosed as a hereditary disorder known as hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN), or hereditary sensory neuropathy (HSN). The areas of depigmented skin represented areas of trauma, and subsequent healing process, leading to scarification. Due to the patient’s insensitivity to pain, one of the symptoms of HSN, there is often chronic occurrence of injuries to the hands and feet, thereby, resulting in what is noted here as a loss of the distal digits, also known as autoamputation.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Dr. Andre J. Lebrun
Creation Date: 1969
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.