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March 1956

Pedal Anomaly: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

Temple, Texas
Resident in Surgery of the Scott and White Memorial Hospitals and the Scott, Sherwood and Brindley Foundation (Dr. Hayden), and from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery of the Scott and White Clinic (Dr. Murray).

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;72(3):421-425. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01270210051008

Duplication of a lower extremity, and more especially of a foot, has been reported infrequently and at wide intervals in the medical literature. Smook1 reported a case of hyperdactylia which, when examined more closely, was apparently an embryonic attempt at double foot formation. Gould and Pyle2 cited the case of a female infant with a cloven or double foot, and Mayer and Sashin3 reported a genuine double foot, the components of which were joined side-by-side and which was treated successfully by surgical operation. Another author4 presented a series of several severely deformed fetuses having doubly formed extremities.

We submit the following case report concerning a pedal anomaly the exact nature of which apparently is unique or has never been recorded in the medical literature.

REPORT OF A CASE  A man 53 years of age first registered at the clinic for diagnosis and treatment of episodes of