Symptoms and causes of Dupuytren’s disease
Dupuytren’s contracture is a common condition that affects up to two million people in the United Kingdom (3% of the population). Most cases occur in middle-aged and older people, but it can develop in younger adults.
Diagnosis and treatment for Dupuytren’s disease
Diagnosis of Dupuytren’s contracture is relatively simple. Your doctor should be able to give you an accurate diagnosis after a few questions and close examination of your hands, which will enable them to rule out any other possible causes for your problem. Generally, no tests or scans are needed.
Radiotherapy for Dupuytren’s disease
Radiotherapy, or radiation treatment, is a non-invasive procedure which uses high energy X-rays and other beams, such as electrons, to treat disease. It’s most often used in high doses to treat cancer, but it can also be used in lower doses to treat non-cancerous (benign) conditions including early-stage Dupuytren’s disease.