Hand Surgery
Dupuytren Disease

Dupuytren Disease is of unknown origin that touches the tissus (Fascia) that protect muscles, nerves and vessels. These tissus become thick for unknown reasons and form lumps and dimples in the palm of the hand which can draw fingers down into a bent position. The more the disease progresses these tissus retract and leading to the formation of thick "scar like" bands which limit the extention of the fingers, nevertheless, the closure of the hand is possible because the tendons are healty. This disease usually presents itself at the level of the 4th and 5th fingers, but can be present in all fingers. There is no pain associated to this disease.

Dupuytren Disease comes from a genetic predisposition and frequently other members of your family will have this condition. Please take note that manual labour is not responsable for this disease.

Unfortunately, at this time there is no medical treatment for this problem. The only treatment is excising the diseased tissus. Because this a disease of unknown origin, surgical treatment cannot alone stop the progression of this disease to other fingers or even recurrence on the surgicaly treated fingers. For this reason it is rare to treat the disease at it's onset, nevertheless, you should wait too long to take care of this problem because severe forms are more difficult to treat and present more risk.



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