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Ainhum: A rare condition where a tough band of tissue tightens around a body part and causes it to fall off (autoamputation). Mostly seen in barefooted Africans where the fifth toe autoamputates. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Ainhum is available below.
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Spontaneous autoamputation of the fourth or fifth toe. - (Source - Diseases Database)
Ainhum is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Ainhum, or a subtype of Ainhum,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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