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Dupuytren’s disease


Dupuytren’s disease (or contracture) is a benign, progressive disease in which the tissue under the skin of the palm and fingers gradually thickens. Over time, this may result in a loss of the ability to fully straighten one or more fingers. It most commonly affects the ring and little fingers, and may run in families.


  • Type of anaesthetic
    Local/ general/ regional anaesthetic
    Length of surgery

  • Nights in hospital
    0-1 nights


The diagnosis is made based on clinical findings, and investigations such as x-rays are usually unnecessary.


A variety of treatments exist, depending on the extent and severity of the contracture. Factors such as how quickly it is progressing, and whether you have had any previous surgery, as well as your general health, are taken into account. It is important to bear in mind that no treatment will cure this condition, and thus surgery is best undertaken at a point when it is beginning to interfere with the use of your hand, rather than when it first appears. The most appropriate treatment will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.

The extent of the condition as well as your occupation, hobbies, and certain other factors such as whether a splint will be required will determine the amount of time you will need off work and your overall recovery time. This will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.