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Dupuytren’s Contracture: Causes and Risk Factors

Dupuytren’s: The Prognosis

Centuries after it was first identified, the origins of this puzzling condition are still not understood. And while modern science has developed a number of effective treatments to provide temporary relief, there is no cure. 

Specialists who work with Dupuytren’s patients every day, like Segalman and Baxamusa, say that recurrence rates are high. After treatment, symptoms are likely to recur.

"The good news is that Dupuytren’s is a painless condition, and most patients who receive treatment have satisfactory outcomes, as long as their expectations are realistic. The bad news is that even with treatment, this condition isn't going away," says Baxamusa.

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Reviewed by Sharon Horesh Bergquist, MD on August 08, 2010

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