Dupuytren’s Disease

Dupuytren’s disease is a condition that can cause nodules or cords to form in the palm. Sometimes these cords can bend fingers and prevent them from fully straightening.


What is Dupuytren’s Disease?

Dupuytren’s disease is a benign condition that causes thickening of tissue in the palm. This thickening can cause nodules or thick cords to form in the palm. If cords form, they can pull the fingers into a bent position, preventing them from straightening fully. Normal activities such as shaking hands or putting your hand in your pocket can be limited or difficult due to this bending of the fingers. Dupuytren’s tends to progress slowly over time.

Who gets Dupuytren’s Disease?

We do not know the cause of Dupuytren’s contracture. However, it is most commonly seen in males over age 50 who are of Northern European descent. Dupuytren’s contracture can also run in families. Increased risk of contracture is associated with smoking cigarettes and diabetes.

How can Dupuytren’s Contracture be treated?

There are several treatment options for Dupuytren’s contracture. Treatment options include an enzyme injection to “dissolve” the thickened cords, a minimally-invasive procedure using a needle to divide the cords, and an open surgical procedure to cut out the cords. Dr. Yonker will assess the severity of your Dupuytren’s and make recommendations based on your unique case.

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