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Dupuytren's Contracture and Ledderhose Disease
All you want to know about Dupuytren's disease, including symptoms, treatment options, related diseases, research, and links to other useful resources.
Dupuytren disease, also called Dupuytren's contracture or simply Dupuytrens, is a benign thickening of the palm's or finger's connective tissue. "Dupuytren's contracture" addresses a later stage. Dupuytren disease typically starts with a tiny nodule in the palm. Eventually cords develop and in progressed stages the affected fingers cannot be stretched anymore, thus resulting in what is called "Dupuytren's contracture".
Dupuytren contracture in progressed stage:
the finger cannot be stretched anymore.
Please note: a nodule in the hand or bent fingers can have other causes than Dupuytren's contracture: other_causes. As each cause requires a different therapy it is extremely important to have the disease properly diagnosed before starting any kind of therapy! The same applies to Ledderhose disease.
In combination with Dupuytren's or Ledderhose disease occasionally other, possibly related disease might appear, like knuckle pads (Garrod pads), Frozen shoulder or Peyronie disease. Potential co-morbidities like diabetes, epilepsy or vibration white finger are being researched; see related diseases.
Our Web Site describes evidence based and established treatments, for example hand surgery, but also results of new research. Therefore our web site is constantly being updated. It might be worth visiting it frequently!
Other names for Dupuytren's disease
Occasionally Dupuytren's contracture is also called - or occasionally misspelled - Dupuytrens contracture, Dupuytren's constricture, hand constricture, Dupuytren's contractor, dupitrons contracture, Dupeytron's, claw hand, old man's claw hand, crooked finger, lump in palm of hand, contracted finger or simply bent fingers. DUPC is an acronym for Dupuytren's contracture. In other languages: French: la Maladie de Dupuytren, Spanish: enfermeda de Dupuytren, Dutch: de ziekte van Dupuytren and contractuur van Dupuytren, Danish: Kuskefinger, Turkish: Dupuytren Kontraktürü.
La Maladie de Dupuytren (en Francais)
Page last modified: 01/04/2016
All cartoons of this page are by Tiki Küstenmacher, from the book "Mach was, Doc!", Kösel-Verlag, Germany. © Tiki Küstenmacher, Germany.
The picture of a Dupuytren's contracture was provided by A. Meinel, Dupuytren-Ambulanz, Germany.
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