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Clubbing

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Updated May 12, 2014

Clubbing

Clubbed Fingers

Wikimedia Commons, author James Heilman
Definition:

Clubbing is a build-up of tissue in the fingers, causing the end of the fingers to become enlarged and the nails to curve downward. This results in the fingers appearing bulb-like, or like an upside down spoon.

Clubbing is seen most commonly with diseases of the heart and lungs that result in less oxygen in the blood. Clubbing can also occur in healthy individuals as an inherited trait.

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