finger clubbing

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I have clubbed fingers and toes. I have had the following test which were inconclusive; blood tests, chest x-ray, heart ultra-sound and lung function test. I cannot remember when my fingers became like they are or if they were like that since a young age. I have asthma since a young age, and no other health problems. No one in my family has these symptoms. Please can you advice. Thanks.

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    Hi,

    Clubbed finger nails are normally a sign of pulmonary issues, so the asthma could tie in, but it can occur with no underlying cause. How bulbous are the ends of your fingers and toes? The main thing to relax about is that all the tests you had are inconclusive. Just one thing do you have any bowel issues? Apparently inflammatory bowel disease can result in clubbing. Clubbing is thought to occur by increased ciriculation to digits, vasodilation of the small blood vessels.

    Hope that helps alittle.

    K

     

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      Hi Katrina, thank you for your reply. They are noticeably bulbous, to the point where I have had people called them "alien fingers". I do not have any bowel issues. I feel fine. There must be more tests that can be done. I keep thinking that there is something wrong but they can't diagnose it. 
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      Hi,

      There isn't always a reason for the clubbing,  and it sounds to me like you have had all the boxes ticked. You appear to be in good health. If you really are concerned then I would advise getting specialist advice, but otherwise try not to worry.

      Katrina

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      Thanks for your advice. I will try to get more tests done just in case they have missed something. 
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    I am in your same situation. I had asthma since I was a kid, no other symptoms or issues. I have clubbed fingers and toes since young age, I played many sports all my life, I am now 36 and surfing daily, no issues. I believe it's genetic and nothing to worry about. I actually like it esthetically.
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      Hi! I'm curious if you ever notice any changed to your fingers, like sometimes more swollen and sometimes less. Mine seem to feel more swollen in heat.

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    My 22 year old son also has club fingers and are getting worse in the last two years. He had a malerotation (Ladds surgery) at 4 weeks old and has allergy induced asthma. The doctor has know idea why his fingers are getting worse and the only thing he did was do a chest x- Ray. It's hard to hog tie a 22 year old to the doctor when he says he is just fine. Any suggestions?
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    This could be me! I have the same clubbed fingers. My friends first noticed them about four or five years ago. I don't remember if I had them before. I'm in my early twenties now. They call me the EXACT same thing (alien fingers!) I don't know if it's asthma, but I have been having wheezing problems since birth. But I don't have any other glaring symptoms. No permanent coughing, no blood, no frequent breathlessness. Right now I'm breathing just fine.

    I was randomly browsing on the Internet today and got freaked the crap out. I haven't even gone for a diagnosis yet. I'm hoping against hope that it isn't some fatal lung or heart disease...

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    Hi! I am in the same boat. Got them since I was 13-14. Had lots of tests, nothing was found. The issue is I keep thinking they are missing something. How are you?
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    Same boat man.. Went to the doctor cause I got a concussion ... She looked at my fingers and asked if they have always been that way.. I said they have been and its nothing new... I smoked when I was younger ... I have 0 health problems I eat well and I'm in the gym 7 days a week... Now I have to go for blood work and a cheat exam ... Seen odd to me

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