Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren's ContractureIf your subcutaneous fibrous tissue is thickening and shrinking, you suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture. Due to the shrinkage, there is permanent bending of the ring and the small finger in the articles. The disease affects one or both hands, and in some patients there is a thickening of the skin beside other joints and on the ball of the foot.

Dupuytren’s contracture is a common disease in men over 40 years of age and is usually inherited. Science has not yet been able to justify the reasons why are alcoholics and epileptics particularly prone to this disease.

What to do?

Because of Dupuytren’s contracture your fingers can become permanently unusable, so it is important to contact your doctor when you notice the symptoms.

Treatment

Shrinking fingers can be corrected in the initial stage by an operation that removes or slits the thick tissue. With physical therapy you will then re-establish the function of the hand. However, in some cases, this condition is repeated.