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as far as DD, can there be cords without nodules? or are nodules just too small to see or feel?
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04/29/19 03:18
inquisitivelady 
04/29/19 03:18
inquisitivelady 
as far as DD, can there be cords without nodules? or are nodules just too small to see or feel?

got diagnosed with both hands now having dupuytren's but one hand has two nodules and distinct cords, while newly diagnosed hand has 4 cords but no visible nodules. are the nodules there too but too small to see or feel, or can there be cords without nodules?

04/29/19 18:00
inquisitivelady 
04/29/19 18:00
inquisitivelady 
Re: as far as DD, can there be cords without nodules? or are nodules just too small to see or feel?

I would think that nodules would start out very small where you can not see them and once they get large enough then pop up and you can visually see them. Can the dupuytren disease ever go deeper than fascia layer below skin?

04/29/19 18:53
spanishbuddha 

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04/29/19 18:53
spanishbuddha 

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Re: as far as DD, can there be cords without nodules? or are nodules just too small to see or feel?

Most if not all of your questions, on progression, are answered by the FAQ with accompanying references on the Dupuytren Foundation website https://dupuytrens.org/faq/. Of course we provide our own useful descriptions, information and references here https://www.dupuytren-online.info/dupuyt...ontracture.html Nodules always precede cords. They are often not noticed, or mistaken for hard skin, a callus, a ganglion, minor blemish or something else, in my case the early stage was confused by me as ringworm. This is why an experienced hand physician is needed to make a differential diagnosis. As it progresses the nodules change state, soft to firm and cords will develop from the nodules. At this stage you may notice cords and no nodules, the nodules have progressed, or there may be other developing nodules. There may be other changes too such as the skin tethering and dimpling. As the cords develop, and maybe thicken and harden then contracture is possible. But not always. I have cords, no nodules, but have had them, and so far no contracture. But again, every case seems to have different characteristics. Happy reading!

04/30/19 01:15
inquisitivelady 
04/30/19 01:15
inquisitivelady 
Re: as far as DD, can there be cords without nodules? or are nodules just too small to see or feel?

Thank you spanishbuddah I will read links you gave me. There is a lot to learn about this complicated disease.

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