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Can heart disease lead to clubbed fingers?

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Some heart problems may lead to clubbed fingers, such as:

  • Cyanotic congenital heart disease (CCHD).
  • Noncancerous heart tumor (atrial myxoma)
  • Subacute bacterial endocarditis

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Circulation : "Digital Clubbing."

Journal of Eating Disorders : "Nail clubbing in laxative abuse: case report and review of the literature."

Lung India : "Digital Clubbing."

Indian Dermatology Online : "Nail as a window of systemic diseases."

Merck Manual: "Clubbing," "Abscess in the Lungs," "Lung Cancer," "Mesothelioma," "Overview of Symptoms of Lung Disorders," "Overview of Interstitial Lung Diseases," "Heart Failure," "Infective Endocarditis."   

American Lung Association: "Lung Cancer Basics."

University of Rochester Medical School: "Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor."

Rheumatology Advances in Practice : "Hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy: an unusual presentation."

Mayo Clinic: "Interstitial lung disease," "Pulmonary fibrosis," "Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)." 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Cystic Fibrosis," "Bronchiectasis," "Congenital Heart Defects." 

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis." 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: "About Cystic Fibrosis."

Walker, H.K., Hall, W.D, Hurst J.W. . 3rd edition. Butterworths. 1990. Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Heart Tumors."

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Symptoms & Causes of Cirrhosis," "Treatment for Cirrhosis."

CDC: "What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Annals of Gastroenterology : "Rheumatological manifestations in inflammatory bowel disease."  

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 01, 2019

SOURCES:

Circulation : "Digital Clubbing."

Journal of Eating Disorders : "Nail clubbing in laxative abuse: case report and review of the literature."

Lung India : "Digital Clubbing."

Indian Dermatology Online : "Nail as a window of systemic diseases."

Merck Manual: "Clubbing," "Abscess in the Lungs," "Lung Cancer," "Mesothelioma," "Overview of Symptoms of Lung Disorders," "Overview of Interstitial Lung Diseases," "Heart Failure," "Infective Endocarditis."   

American Lung Association: "Lung Cancer Basics."

University of Rochester Medical School: "Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor."

Rheumatology Advances in Practice : "Hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy: an unusual presentation."

Mayo Clinic: "Interstitial lung disease," "Pulmonary fibrosis," "Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)." 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Cystic Fibrosis," "Bronchiectasis," "Congenital Heart Defects." 

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis." 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: "About Cystic Fibrosis."

Walker, H.K., Hall, W.D, Hurst J.W. . 3rd edition. Butterworths. 1990. Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Heart Tumors."

The American Journal of Medicine: "The Causes of Finger Clubbing: A list Worth Learning."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Symptoms & Causes of Cirrhosis," "Treatment for Cirrhosis."

CDC: "What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Annals of Gastroenterology : "Rheumatological manifestations in inflammatory bowel disease."  

Medicine : "Secondary hypertrophic osteoarthropathy caused by non-pleural or pulmonary tumors."

Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Reversal of digital clubbing in surgically treated lung cancer patients."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 01, 2019

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