Dupuytrens disease


Dupuytren’s disease is a fibrous and nodular thickening of the tissue on the palm side of the hand which is genetically determined.


It is named see diagram in 1816 after dr Guillume dupuytren Who was the surgeon and personal physician of king Louis XVIII of France in 1816. Dr. Dupuytren was the first to correctly recognize that the thickening of the tissue under skin in the palm (with associated chords and flexion deformity of the finger) was caused by an inherent natural process owing to hereditary factors.


This disease affects both hands in 45% of cases, and affects men three times as often as it affects women.
Most commonly the fourth finger is involved followed in frequency by the fifth finger and the third finger.


There are four possible treatments for Dupuytren’s disease.

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