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Dupuytren’s Disease


Understanding Dupuytren’s Disease: A Benign Condition of the Palm

Dupuytren’s Disease is a benign disorder of the fibrous tissue in the palm of the hand. Fibrous cells in the palm can start to form nodules or cords. Typically, the disease starts with small nodules in the palm of the hand with little or no functional problems. As the nodules turn into cords, the cords may pull on the fingers leading to a bent position of the fingers. When the fingers can no longer be straightened, functional difficulties can arise. People may have difficulty with gripping objects, leading to hindrance in activities of daily living and sports. Although pain is not a feature of Dupuytren’s disease, some people can experience soreness. Esthetics can also be problematic for patients. Disease progression is dependent on various factors such as age of onset, familial predisposition, and the presence of fibrosis on the knuckles of the fingers or on the soles of the feet. Dupuytren’s is typically more common in people of northern European descent. 

Depending on the severity and stage of the disease, as well as patients’ needs and desires, different treatment options exist. While observation is advised in the earliest stages, surgical or minimally invasive treatment can be offered. 


Having worked for several years in a renowned Dupuytren Center in Belgium, I am confident that I can find a right solution for my patients at any age and level of activity. 

If you have Dupuytren’s Disease and would like to be advised and/or treated, visit our website for an appointment!

Jantine Posthuma de Boer

See you soon at Compass Clinic Estepona, dr. J. Posthuma de Boer

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