Known as fascia, this thickening occurs in the palm and can extend into your fingers. If firm cords and lumps develop which cause the fingers to bend into the palm, it’s known as Dupuytren’s contraction.
Sometimes, this disease will cause thickening on top of the finger knuckles, nodules, or cords within the soles of the feet.
Precisely what causes this disease is unknown. However, it is associated with biochemical factors within the involved fascia. Men over 40 are more likely to suffer this problem as are people of northern European descent. And as yet, there is no proven evidence that hand injuries or occupational exposures lead to a higher risk of developing Dupuytren’s disease.
The symptoms of this disease include lumps and pits within the palm. These lumps are usually firm and adhere to the skin. Thick cords may develop which resemble tendons; however these cords lie between the skin and the tendons. The cords cause bending or contractures or the fingers.
For some people, this disease can affect both hands, although the severity in each hand may vary.
You can find out more about the Dupuytren treatment below.
How can Dupuytren's disease be treated?
The treatment for Dupuytren’s disease depends on the severity of your case. For mild cases of the disease, typically only observation is required. In severe cases, there are a number of options available such as needles or open surgery.
During your consultation, Dr Carmen Munteanu will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment based on the stage and pattern of the disease, as well as which joints are involved.
It is important to keep in mind that the goal of treatment is to improve finger position and hand function. However, even after treatment, the disease can reoccur. During your consultation, we will discuss realistic goals, as well as possible risks and results.
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