Keywords: Hand nodules, contractures (PubMed Search)
Posted: 7/9/2022 by Brian Corwell, MD
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Dupuytren disease/contracture: nodular thickening and resultant contraction of the palmer fascia.
Increased in those of Northern European discent
Increased risk over age 50
Increased frequency in those with diabetes and cigarette smoking
One or more painful nodules located near the distal palmer crease.
Over a variable amount of time, the nodule progresses to form a taught fibrous cord
This extends from the palm to the digits, generally ulnar sided and typically the ring finger
Can cause flexion contracture of digit at MCP joint
Sensation is normal.
No imaging necessary
Tx: padded gloves and activity modification for mild disease, steroid injection for moderate disease and surgery when contracture present
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