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The Hand Abnormality Dupuytrens Disease

Dupuytren’s disease affects your hand. Dupuytren’s disease is evidenced by an abnormal thickening of the tissue that is located right beneath your skin. This tissue is referred to as fascia. The thickening that takes place with Dupuytren’s disease develops in the palm of your hand. However, this thickening may also extend into your fingers. Dupuytren’s disease may affect your skin, but your deeper structures, such as your tendons, are not directly affected by the disease. In some instances, Dupuytren’s disease may result in thickening on top of your knuckle pads (finger knuckles), or the disease may lead to cords or nodules developing in the soles of your feet (plantar fibromatosis). Firm lumps and cords may occur with Dupuytren’s disease which leads to a fixed flexion contracture of your hand in which your fingers bend toward your palm and cannot be fully straightened (extended). When this deformity of your hand occurs, the condition is referred to as Dupuytren’s contracture. Your little finger and ring finger are the ones that are affected most of the time by Dupuytren’s contracture. Dupuytren’s disease is named after Baron Guillaume Dupuytren. He is the surgeon who described an operation to correct this condition. Dupuytren’s disease is referred to in other ways. It is also known as palmar fibromatosis, morbus Dupuytren and Dupuytren’s contracture. Dupuytren’s disease is a common condition in the United States. It mainly affects people who are of Northern European descent. Dupuytren’s disease takes place more often after the age of 40. The disease is more common in men than it is in women. Somewhere between 5 and 15% of men who are over the age of 50 are afflicted with Dupuytren’s disease. If you are one of those who is afflicted with Dupuytren’s disease, you may be able to get social security disability benefits like SSI or SSDI. The smart thing to do is to contact one of the social security attorneys at disabilitycasereview.com to find out what disability benefit choices are open to you. The cause of Dupuytren’s disease is not known at this time. Some researchers believe that it may be associated with a reaction by your immune system. This is when for some unknown reason your immune system that normally attacks anything foreign that invades your body mistakenly attacks the cells and tissues of your own body. The advance of Dupuytren’s disease varies from person to person. The disease usually occurs slowly over a period of weeks or months. However, Dupuytren’s disease may stop and start, or it may progress steadily. The first sign or symptom that is produced by Dupuytren’s disease is usually a thickening of the skin on the palm of your hand. Later on, the skin on the palm of your hand may appear as if it is puckered or dimpled. You may also have a firm lump develop on the palm of your hand. This firm lump may be sensitive to the touch, but most of the time it is not painful.  
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