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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 resources.

Dupuytren's disease (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 fully stretched anymore, thus resulting in what is called "Dupuytren's contracture".

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Dupuytren's contracture in very progressed stage:  the ring finger cannot be stretched anymore. In medical language this is called an extension deficit.

Dupuytren contracture in a very progressed stage:

the left ring finger cannot be stretched anymore.

 

Ledderhose disease

 

     Example of Ledderhose disease: a large nodule in the arch of the foot.

Ledderhose disease is similar to Dupuytren's contracture but with nodules developing in the arch of the foot. These nodules can become painful or can grow to a size where they affect walking. Therapies for Ledderhose's disease are in part similar to those for Dupuytren's contracture but different in detail due to the different functions of hands and feet.

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Left: Large Ledderhose nodule in the arch of the foot.

 

Please note: a nodule in the hand or bent fingers can have completely 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 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.

French website:

La Maladie de Dupuytren (en Francais)

 

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Page last modified: 03/27/2016

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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