Patient Comments: Dupuytren's Contracture - Experience

Please describe your experience with Dupuytren's contracture.

Comment from: bowzer, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I had both hands operated on by an orthopedic surgeon for Dupuytren's contracture, the left hand first, then the right hand. Then it came back to the left hand and I had it operated on again. Now right hand is to the point of needing surgery again.

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Comment from: Buggs, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I have suffered with Dupuytren's contracture in both hands since my late 20s. I had corrective surgery on three separate occasions on both hands and finally resorted to amputation of both little fingers. This final operation was the only one to be successful in both cases. No recurrence of the disease. I no longer poke myself in the eyes with bent pinkies.

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Comment from: Jaclynn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I am 60 and have had this Dupuytren's contracture starting about 15 years ago. Very aggravating! First I went to an orthopedic group and was told to wait until my little finger tried to poke my eye out when applying my war paint. I was impatient. I tried the injections. I cried through the whole procedure. That was ok if it worked. It did not. Six months later, uh yeah, same old thing. Then, I found a doctor who did an incision in my palm. Yes, recovery is not fun but not that bad. He will fix my other hand in 5 days and fix the arteritis in my thumb at the same time. No fun but when he is thorough with me, I will have minimal scars and won't stick my pinkie in my nose when I put my war paint on. Thank you doctor!

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Comment from: nana-2-2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I am 57 and have recently been diagnosed with Dupuytren's contracture although I have had nodules in both hands for at least 2 years. The ones in my right hand have gotten worse and recently, I have noticed a thickening in the palm and my pinkie remains bent at the first joint a small amount. So far, the nodules are not painful, just annoying.

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Comment from: Umalapuma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I am 65 years old. My father had Dupuytren's contracture that was severe and required surgery. He was a railroad switch man and used his hands to pull the switches. I noticed the bump on my left palm below my ring finger several years ago. Interestingly I also have a thickening on the tendons on the soles of both feet. Based on the information I read today, it sounds like I have Ledderhose's disease as well. Both of my sisters and my brother have the same bumps on their hands. They do not have any other symptoms, yet. I like to do weight training and think this might eventually aggravate the problems. I have recently noticed nerve tingling in my ring and pinkie finger. After reading information on this website, I am going to seek further medical evaluation!

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Comment from: StilllYoung, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I injured my left hand 4 years ago. Later a hard nodule developed in my palm. About 6 months ago I started waking up with pain in the knuckles of my left hand. Last night I looked at my left hand and realized that the palm couldn't be flattened and that my middle and ring fingers were pulled in. The tendon of the ring finger feels thickened. Since my dad has Dupuytren's contracture and had surgery to mostly straighten his fingers it is a good chance that is what I have even though I am a woman under 50. Although it may be related to the injury. I am calling my doctor on Monday to get diagnosed and start treatment if I can because I don't want to have a useless, deformed hand.

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Comment from: BK, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I am now 77. My Dupuytren's contracture appeared as bumps on top of fingers in both hands, when I was around 55. The condition progressed to curled ring fingers and cords everywhere. In the past three years I've had the needle treatment known as aponeurotomy. It was near painless and somewhat successful. Unfortunately the conditions reappeared with a vengeance. I have no pain but the curled fingers are more of a nuisance. There are worse things at this age.

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Comment from: BadgerBob, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

I'm an active 63 year old male of Eastern European descent who has Dupuytren's contracture at the base of the little finger on my left hand. For the past three years the condition has hindered what for me were normal activities such as dribbling a basketball, catching a baseball and doing push-ups and yoga, when it involved that hand. I'm an editor by profession, and my typing speed and accuracy have also suffered as a result. Interestingly, the condition seems to not have worsened the past nine months or so. It's still painful, though, and I'm planning to seek treatment.

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