Dupuytren’s disease is a condition that affects the fascia—the fibrous layer of tissue that lies underneath the skin in the palm and fingers. In patients with Dupuytren’s, the fascia thickens, then tightens over time. This causes the fingers to be pulled inward, towards the palm, resulting in what is known as a “Dupuytren’s contracture.”
In some patients, a worsening Dupuytren’s contracture can interfere with hand function, making it difficult for them to perform their daily activities. When this occurs, there are nonsurgical and surgical treatment options available to help slow the progression of the disease and improve motion in the affected fingers.
A Dupuytren’s contracture typically progresses very slowly, over a period of years. Signs and symptoms of the condition may include:
As the bend in your finger increases, it may be hard to straighten it fully. It may be difficult to grasp large objects, put your hand in your pocket, or perform other simple activities.
Some patients with Dupuytren’s disease may develop thickened tissue on the feet (Ledderhose disease) or penis (Peyronie’s disease). Symptoms do not occur anywhere else on the body.
IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM SYMPTOMS OF DUPUYTREN’S DISEASE AND EVALUATING YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS, SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH DR. DANIEL DURAND TODAY.
The cause of Dupuytren’s disease is not completely known, but most evidence points towards genetics as having the most important role.
There are a number of factors that are believed to contribute to the development or worsening of Dupuytren’s disease. These include:
Dr. Durand will talk with you about your general health and medical history and ask about your symptoms. Because Dupuytren’s can run in families, he may ask if you are aware of any relatives that have the disease.
Dr. Durand will then carefully examine your fingers and hand. During the exam, he will:
These measurements will be compared with other measurements taken throughout your treatment to determine whether the condition is progressing over time.
WHEN SEEKING A DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT, IT’S BETTER TO SEE A DOCTOR SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. ONCE A CONDITION IS SEVERE, THE DISEASES ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO CORRECT.
EARLY INTERVENTION IS KEY TO AVOIDING PERMANENT DAMAGE. DEPENDING ON YOUR DIAGNOSIS, NONSURGICAL TREATMENT MAY BE AN OPTION.
Treatment involves removing or breaking apart the cords that are pulling your fingers toward your palm. This can be done in several ways. The choice of procedure depends on the severity of your symptoms and other health problems you may have.
For a long time, treatment for Dupuytren’s Disease was limited to surgery. In recent years, however, new treatments have become available. Dr. Durand works with patients to identify the best course for their particular health and lifestyle.
NOT ALL HAND AND WRIST CONDITIONS REQUIRE SURGICAL SOLUTIONS. OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR LESS SEVERE ISSUES. IF YOU’VE BEEN EXPERIENCING DUPUYTREN’S DISEASE SYMPTOMS, SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. DANIEL DURAND TODAY!
Dr. Durand will take the time to carefully outline the various options available to you along with the benefits and risks associated with each procedure during your comprehensive one-on-one consultation.