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Complications following surgery for
Dupuytren's disease are common. They occur in about 1
out of 4 cases.footnote 1 Complications can include:
In severe Dupuytren's disease, the tissue between your skin
and tendons (palmar fascia) thickens to the point that your fingers are bent
and cannot be straightened (contracture). If you lose the ability
to wear gloves or hold objects, or if your hands become painful, surgery may be
done to relieve the contracture. A skin graft may be done after surgery to
cover open areas in the palm. Surgery may not restore total hand function. Even
with successful surgery, thickened palm tissue may develop again in the same
place or in a new areas of the hands. Reoperation is sometimes needed to get
your hand function back.
Lifchez SD, Kelamis JA (2015). Surgery of the hand and wrist. In FC Brunicardi et al., eds., Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, 10th ed., pp. 1787–1826. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerHerbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
Current as ofOctober 24, 2016
Current as of:
October 24, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
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