Title: Dupuytren disease: on our way to a cure?
Authors: Degreef, Ilse ×
De Smet, Luc #
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: Acta Medica Belgica
Series Title: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica vol:79 issue:3 pages:243-249
Abstract: Despite its high prevalence, the clinical presentation and severity of Dupuytren disease is extremely variable. The disease features a broad spectrum of symptoms, from simple nodules without the slightest clinical impact towards an extremely disabling form requiring multiple surgical procedures, sometimes even partial hand amputations. Recurrence after surgery is considered a failure for both patient and surgeon, but its definition is vague. The term 'recontracture' was coined by a patient and reflects the disappointment of recurrent disease. Wether or not a treatment option will insure a definite result, may depend more on the severity of the disease, which is patient specific, than on the treatment method itself. If a patient presents with Dupuytren disease, one should not merely evaluate his hands. Different clinical and personal history features may uncover a severe fibrosis diathesis and both correct information to the patient and an individualized treatment plan are needed. In the near future, a simple genetic test may help to identify patients at risk. Similar to the evolving knowledge and treatment modalities seen in rheumatoid arthritis, treatment of Dupuytren disease is likely to advance in the direction of disease control with pharmacotherapy and single shot minimal invasive enzymatic fasciotomy with collagenase to correct established contractures.
ISSN: 0001-6462
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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