Dupuytren’s Disease Katy TX
Dupuytren’s disease is a condition that affects the palms of the hands and can cause flexion contractures of the fingers. The exact cause of Dupuytren’s disease is unclear and likely multifactorial, but it appears to run in families of Scandinavian descent.
At first, Dupuytren’s disease presents as a firm, occasionally tender nodule in the palm. Over time, a thick palpable cord develops in the palm and extends to the fingers, most commonly the little and ring fingers. As the cord matures, a contracture develops at the finger joints, causing stiffness and functional disability.
There is no cure for Dupuytren’s disease, however, the contracture can be addressed with surgical release and/or excision of the firm cords in the palm and affected fingers. Additional options for addressing the cord include an enzymatic injection called Xiaflex, which requires a manual rupture of the cord at a second clinic visit. Our physicians will discuss with you the different options for treatment and determine the best treatment in your unique case. It is important to note that because Dupuytren’s disease cannot be cured, there is always a risk that it can return after surgery.
If you or a family member suffers from Dupuytren’s disease, please contact our office at 832-232-HAND (4263) to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Das or Dr. Stephenson.