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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".

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

Dupuytren's contracture in progressed stage:

the finger cannot be stretched anymore.


Ledderhose's 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 Morbus Ledderhose 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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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!

In combination with Dupuytren's disease occasionally other, probably related diseases might appear.

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)


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Page last modified: 12/19/2013

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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