Dupuytren’s disease

Peter Burge

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Dupuytren’s disease

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Dupuytren’s disease is characterised by contracture of a finger resulting from thickening and shortening of the palmar fascia

A genetic component to the aetiology is apparent, smoking, alcohol and diabetes can increase the risk

The pathogenesis of Dupuytren’s disease remains elusive

Non-surgical treatment options include splintage, steroid injection and collagenase injection

Surgery cannot cure the disease but can straighten bent digits and minimize recurrence

Operative methods can be considered with regards to incision, management of the diseased fascia and closure techniques

Operative complications include injury of digital nerves and arteries

Chapter.  4992 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Rheumatology

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