What is Dupuytren’s Disease?
Dupuytren’s Contracture is a deformity of the hand. It occurs over several years. The condition causes an abnormal thickening of tissue in the palm underneath the skin. This tissue is called fascia and is considered fiber like cords. These cords run from the palm to the fingers. In Dupuytren’s disease, you will notice fingers start to curl forward from tightening or contracting of the cords. However, in severe cases, the tightening can cause a crippling hand deformity.
Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture
Dupuytren’s contracture’s first symptoms are typically a lump under the skin in the palm of the hand. At first, these lumps (nodules) may be tender to touch. However, eventually, that subsides, and the discomfort will go away.
Symptoms & Sign, such as:
- Hand pain
- Weak grip
- A tendency to drop things
Causes of Dupuytren’s Contracture:
Although the cause is not known at this time, some risks may be associated. These include:
- People over the age of 50 develop this condition
- Males are more likely to experience this disease
- Northern Europeans are at high risk of the Dupuytren’s
- People with diabetes are reported to have an increased risk of the disease
- Smoking is associated with an increased risk of Dupuytren’s contracture. Alcohol intake also is associated with Dupuytren’s
Treatment Options for the Disease:
Because this disease is typically a slowly progressing one, most people wait to see if it worsens. Once progression begins, that is when most will begin treatment. However, if pain and fast development are present, additional treatment options are available and recommended.
When this occurs, the typical treatment for severe Dupuytren’s is to remove the cords that are pulling your fingers to your palm.
Non-Surgical Options for Dupuytren’s Include:
Cortisone Injections: This treatment is strong anti-inflammatory medicine, which reduces swelling and inflammation. However, many patients also report these injections to relieve pain.
Enzymes: A mixture of enzymes can be administered to release the tight bands that are making your fingers bent. Then, this will weaken the tight bands and allow your physician to stretch the bands.
Surgical Options for the Disease Include:
When treatment methods fail to show progress, your doctor will likely recommend surgery. This treatment would include cutting or the removal of the thick tissue. Doing so allows for proper motion in the fingers.
Experiencing the Disease?
If you are or you suspect you are expereincing Dupuytren’s contracture, call us at 888-409-8006. Our highly trained hand specialist can help diagnose and treat the diease.
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