Dupuytren Contracture (cont.)

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What are complications of Dupuytren's contractures?

The main complication of Dupuytren's contractures is loss of extension of the involved fingers. As a result, grasping certain objects can be limited. Occasionally, the flexed finger(s) can get in the way when using the hand, such as in dressing, etc.

Can a Dupuytren's contracture be prevented?

There is no prevention method for a Dupuytren's contracture.

What is the prognosis (outlook) for a Dupuytren's contracture?

The outlook for the condition itself is generally good. It typically progresses very slowly. The outlook for the treatments varies, but all can be very effective.


Klippel, John H., et al., eds. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. 13th ed. New York: Springer and Arthritis Foundation, 2008.

Last Editorial Review: 2/21/2012

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