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Is Dupuytren's Disease a serious medical concern?

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Dupuytren's disease is not life threatening, says Mayo Clinic, so in that aspect it is not a serious medical concern. However, the contracture of the fingers can make day-to-day tasks difficult for those who have the condition, which may be inconvenient.

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Dupuytren's disease can be managed without being treated, explains Mayo Clinic. However, if the disease proves too inconvenient, there are several ways to treat it. In one treatment, the physician runs a needle through the patient's hand to break the tissue that causes his finger to contract. The procedure can be done on several fingers at a time, and the patient does not need physical therapy afterward.

Another way to treat Dupuytren's disease is through enzyme injections, says Mayo Clinic. The physician injects an enzyme into the tissue, which softens it enough to allow the patient to straighten his fingers. As with needling, the injection also requires no follow-up physical therapy.

People who are truly disabled by their disease can also opt for surgery. The tight cord of tissue is simply removed, but the patient needs physical therapy afterward. There is also a longer recovery period than that for enzyme injections or needling. However, the release lasts longer and is more complete.

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