Finger circumference can be measured and monitored in a number of clinical situations.

Conditions where finger circumference may be measured:

(1) acromegaly

(2) dactylitis (psoriatic arthritis, other)

(3) pre-eclampsia and eclampsia

(4) digital trauma

(5) snakebite or other envenomation


Methods of measurement:

(1) tape measure

(2) ring sizer

(3) tape with torque meter


If the circumference is being monitored then it is important to:

(1) select a most reliable method that is available

(2) use the same method each time

(3) measure the circumference at the same site of the phalanx

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