Dupuytren’s contracture: Long-term outcomes and complications after operative treatment with resection of the contracted palmar fascia.

  • E.D. Athanaselis
  • F. Papageorgiou
  • D. Deligeorgis
  • Ζ.Η. Dailiana
  • K. Malizos
  • S.E. Varitimidis
Keywords: Dupuytren’s disease, nodules and cords, palmar fascia contracture, fasciectomy, open palm technique


Dupuytren’s disease is a condition that affects skin fascia of palm and fingers resulting in the formation of nodules and cords, and the sequential “Dupuytren’s contracture”. Fingers are pulled inward and towards the palm, interfering with hand function. Operative treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture includes percutaneous division and partial or total excision of the affected palmar fascia. Partial fasciectomy remains the most effective type of treatment in advanced, late stages, although technically demanding. Complications are frequent with the most serious being a digital nerve and artery injury, haematoma formation and skin necrosis, infection, complex regional pain syndrome and recurrence of the disease.


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Author Biographies

E.D. Athanaselis

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Trauma, University of Thessaly, Greece

F. Papageorgiou

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Trauma, University of Thessaly, Greece

D. Deligeorgis

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Trauma, University of Thessaly, Greece

Ζ.Η. Dailiana

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Trauma, University of Thessaly, Greece

K. Malizos

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Trauma, University of Thessaly, Greece

S.E. Varitimidis

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Trauma, University of Thessaly, Greece


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