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