The doctors even told me my son didn’t have this when he was little. Scared the crap out of me when I learned what may cause it. The Cystic Fibrosis testing was nerve wracking enough! Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.
Lung cancer is the most common cause of clubbing. Clubbing often occurs in heart and lung diseases that reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood. These may include:
- Heart defects that are present at birth (congenital)
- Chronic lung infections that occur in people with bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, or lung abscess
- Infection of the lining of the heart chambers and heart valves (infectious endocarditis). This can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or other infectious substances
- Lung disorders in which the deep lung tissues become swollen and then scarred (interstitial lung disease)
Other causes of clubbing:
When to Contact a Medical Professional
If you notice clubbing, call your health care provider.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
A person with clubbing often has symptoms of another condition. Diagnosing that condition is based on:
- Family history
- Medical history
- Physical exam that looks at the lungs and chest
The provider may ask questions such as:
- Do you have any trouble breathing?
- Do you have clubbing of the fingers, toes, or both?
- When did you first notice this? Do you think it is getting worse?
- Does the skin ever have a blue color?
- What other symptoms do you have?
The following tests may be done:
There is no treatment for the clubbing itself. The cause of clubbing can be treated, however.