What is Dupuytren’s contracture?
Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that affects the hand. This condition affects the layer of tissue that is located under the skin of your palm. A layer of tissue under the skin. The tissue is thickened and shortened so that it forms a kind of thick thread that can pull one or more fingers resulting in the position of the finger being bent. This can happen on one side only, but often both hands experience this disease simultaneously. This disease often attacks the ring finger and little finger. As time goes by, the hands will become difficult to use.
Dupuytren contractures are conditions that are not life threatening, but cannot just disappear and can cause disability.
A finger bent towards the palm accompanied by a small, painless lump in the middle of the hand is the main symptom. New people realize it when it’s hard to achieve something. The little finger and ring finger are the most frequently attacked fingers. There is usually no pain, but people will feel discomfort when trying to hold something. The skin on the palm becomes wrinkled.
There may be other symptoms and signs not mentioned above. If you have concerns about the symptoms of this disease, please consult with your doctor.
When should I see a doctor?
If you have the signs or symptoms listed above or have questions, please consult your doctor. Everyone’s body is different. Always discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation. Call us at 64762106 or SMS 84998384 for an appointment with Dupuytren’s contracture Specialist Clinic.
What causes dupuytren’s contractures?
The cause of Dupuytren’s contracture is currently unknown, but this disorder is not contagious. But sometimes it happens in families. This disease is slightly more common in people with a history of hand injury and certain conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, and HIV infection.
What increases my risk for dupuytren’s contractures?
A number of factors believed to increase the risk of dupuytren’s contracture are:
Age. Dupuytren’s contracture occurs most often after the age of 50 years.
Gender. Men are more likely to develop Dupuytren and have more severe contractures than women.
Descent. People of North European descent are at a higher risk of this disease.
Family history. Dupuytren often occurs and is found to decrease in family members.
Tobacco and alcohol. Smoking is closely related to the increased risk of Dupuytren’s contracture, possibly caused by microscopic changes in blood vessels caused by smoking. Alcohol intake is also associated with Dupuytren.
Diabetes. Diabetics are reported to have an increased risk of contracting Dupuytren’s contractures.
What are my treatment options for dupuytren’s contractures?
At Dupuytren’s contracture Specialist Clinic, If the condition is not severe, your doctor will recommend exercise, take a warm bath, stretch, or for you to use restraint.
If the condition becomes worse, the doctor will inject the drug (corticosteroids) into your hand to slow the progression of the disease. If you have a significant problem using your hand, your doctor will recommend surgery. The network in the palm of the hand will be divided or deleted. This allows your finger to return to their normal position. However, the problem can recur.
Radiation is another treatment option. It is used for mild cases, when the network is not so thick. Radiation therapy can stop or slow down tissue thickening. Usually this is done only once.
What are the usual tests for dupuytren’s contractures?
In most cases, the doctor can diagnose Dupuytren’s contracture through the look and feel of your hand. Other checks that are rarely needed.
Your doctor will compare your hands to each other and check the wrinkles on the skin of your palms, as well as pressing on the hands and fingers to check the tissue bands.
Your doctor may also check to see if you can place your hand on a table or other flat surface. Not being able to completely flatten your fingers shows that you have Dupuytren’s contractures.
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