Dupuytren's disease most commonly
affects people of northern European heritage. It is rare in people of African
or Asian descent. Heredity is thought to be a factor, because Dupuytren's
disease tends to occur most often among close family members.
risk of Dupuytren's disease increases with age. It occurs most often in people
age 50 and older.1 Men are 7 to 15 times more likely
than women to have severe Dupuytren's disease that requires surgical treatment.
Older women often develop a milder form of the disease.2 Dupuytren's disease is very rare in children.
You can probably remember a time when stairs weren't your enemy, and you could bound up them without any painful protest from your joints. Back then, you didn't have to give a second thought to whether you could open a jar or turn a doorknob. Then arthritis intervened, leaving your joints swollen, painful, and stubbornly unwilling to let you do even the simplest everyday tasks.
Regardless of whether you've developed osteoarthritis with age, you have rheumatoid arthritis or a painful case of gout,...
Up to 30% of men older than 65 with a Northern European genetic
background will have Dupuytren's disease.3 Many of
these will not need treatment.
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Diabetic stiff hand syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, palmar and plantar
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Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
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David Pichora, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery
May 4, 2010
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