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.

REFERENCE:

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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