Features June 2010 Issue

Dupuytren’s Disease: The Curious Condition That Causes Finger Disfigurement

The affliction is painless and harmless, but it may progress to Dupuytren’s Contracture, which is a different story.

Dupuytren’s Disease, named after the 19th century French surgeon who first described the affliction, is a condition that starts with a bump in the palm and can develop into becoming a fibrous cord that causes one or more fingers to involuntarily bend. At that point, it’s called Dupuytren’s Contracture (DC). Medical experts know just about everything about the condition except what causes it and how to prevent it. "The person most likely to have Dupuytren’s Disease (DD) is a male of European ancestry," says Avrum Froimson, MD, Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon and one of the country’s leading experts on hand injuries and conditions. "Women are much less likely to suffer from the condition than men.

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