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Complications following surgery for
Dupuytren's disease are common. They occur in about 1
out of 5 cases.1 Complications can include:
In severe Dupuytren's disease, the tissue between your skin
and tendons (palmar fascia) thickens to the point that your fingers are bent
and cannot be straightened (contracture). If you lose the ability
to wear gloves or hold objects, or if your hands become painful, surgery may be
done to relieve the contracture. A skin graft may be done after surgery to
cover open areas in the palm. Surgery may not restore total hand function. Even
with successful surgery, thickened palm tissue may develop again in the same
place or in a new areas of the hands. Reoperation is sometimes needed to get
your hand function back.
Brown AN, Gilkeson GS (2005). Fibrosing diseases:
Diabetic stiff hand syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, palmar and plantar
fasciitis, retroperitoneal fibrosis, and Peyronie's disease. In WJ Koopman, LW
Moreland, eds., Arthritis and Allied Conditions: A Textbook of Rheumatology, 15th ed., vol. 2, pp. 2093–2108. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
March 22, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
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