Hand Pain

Dupuytren’s disease

dupuytrens disease

What is dupuytren's disease?

  • Thickening of the soft tissue in the palm of the hand; often a small area first with a “nodule” forming under the skin of the palm.
  • The nodule sometimes feels tender to begin with, but this usually passes.
  • This prevents you from straightening your finger
  • These nodules are non-cancerous and it is not life-threatening

What are the causes Dupuytren’s disease?

  • The exact cause is unknown
  • Commonly runs in families, often from a northern Europe background
  • Diabetes, heavy drinking and smoking are associated with Dupuytren’s disease
  • Medications taken for epilepsy are also associated with this disease

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Unusual dimples on your palm
  • Thickening of the skin on your palm
  • Tenderness around your palm
  • Over a period of time the thickening could get worse becoming ‘cord like’
  • The ring finger is the most commonly affected followed by the little and middle finger

How do I manage this problem?

  • Treatment purely depends on the severity of the condition
  • Mild cases don’t need treatment

What other treatments are available?

  • If your fingers are bent to a right angle and if you cannot keep your finger flat on the table top you might benefit from surgery
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