Friday, March 01, 2013

A Mild Case of Dupuytren's Contracture

My father has lumpy palms which I had thought were callouses or some kind of arthritis or something. Then about a year ago a similar lump appeared on my right palm. Didn't bother me much as it didn't hurt and, given as how I am my father's son, hardly surprising - more "Ho, hum, here we go: the start of old age crumbling."

Then a facebook friend posted a picture of his bandaged hand following surgery for Dupuytren's contracture. I Googled the condition and there was picture of a hand looking just like mine!

Wikipedia picture
My hand
Dad's hand
(sorry about the colour - iPhone in low light level)
According to Wikipedia:
  • "It is an inherited proliferative connective tissue disorder" - tick! like father like son.
  • "The ring finger and little finger are the fingers most commonly affected." - tick! both Dad's ring fingers show it, now my right hand, I expect the left is a matter of time.
  • "Dupuytren's contracture progresses slowly and is usually painless." - phew! certainly true in Dad's case so here's hoping.
At least I know what my hands will look like in 27 years time.


Unknown said...

How is your hand condition now, 4 years later?


Mark McLellan said...

A little more pronounced but hardly so as you'd notice.

Unknown said...

So about 5 years running for yours, good to know it is moving slowly for you. I cannot remember when I first noticed the bumps in my left hand, but it had to be about 3-4 years ago and it looks much like the picture of yours in the blog. Just this week I started having mild pain in my right palm and I can feel the start of a bump on my ring finger. No pulling of the fingers towards my palms yet though. We are trying massage to prevent that as much as possible.


hughg said...

I just realised this is what I have. I found this facebook group for the UK society for this disease:-

Anonymous said...

There is low dose radiation therapy that can slow or stop the disease in its tracks, before the fingers curl up. Check out DART on Facebook. A support group for Dupuytren’s & Ledderhose disease. The latter affects the feet.