Dupuytren’s Contractures Treatment
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Dupuytren’s Contractures is the abnormal thickening of tissue just
beneath the skin in the palm of the hand that gradually worsens over years.
The affected fingers cannot straighten completely which can make everyday
activities such as shaking hands or putting on gloves more challenging.
Symptoms of Dupuytren's Contractures
The cause of Dupuytren’s Contractures is unknown, but more commonly
occurs in men then in women. It is also more likely to occur in people
over 50 years old or more and of Northern European decent. Dupuytren’s
contracture often runs in families so if there is a family history of
this condition, it is more likely to occur. Smoking and alcohol use are
linked with an increased risk of developing this condition. Most people
suffering from Dupuytren’s Contractures experience the following symptoms:
- Puckering or dimpling of the skin in the palm of the hand
- A firm lump of skin may develop in the palm
- Thick cords of skin may extend into the fingers
- The two fingers farthest from the thumb are most commonly affected
- Causes discomfort and finger contractures
- Unable to lay hand flat on a table
Dupuytren's Contractures Diagnosis
A hand surgeon will perform a physical exam of the patient’s hand.
If there are noticeable contractures in the hand further imaging such
as X-Rays will be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.
Surgical Treatments for Dupuytren's Contractures
The only treatment for Dupuytren’s Contractures is Dupuytren’s
Excision surgery. Seeking treatment early to help prevent the progression
of severe contractures helps to ensure better outcomes for patients. Hand
therapy is typically recommended post-operatively to ensure better range
of motion and function following surgery.
Find a Hand Surgeon
If you have Dupuytren’s Contractures, early treatment helps ensure
the best possible outcome. Our Board-Certified, fellowship-trained hand
surgeons are experts at treating Dupuytren’s contractures. Hoag
Orthopedic Institute is ranked as one of the top Orthopedic Hospitals
by U.S. News & World Report in 2019-2020. Contact Hoag Orthopedic
Institute today to schedule a consultation with one of our hand doctors.
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