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Clinical Review

Dupuytren's contracture unfolded

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:397

Non Surgical Treatment for Dupuytrens

Is there any record of spontaneous remission or non surgical cures
of early Dupuytrens contracture?

I report on two different cures of Dupuytren nodules and cords with
fifth finger flexion in my wife and myself which appeared simultaneously
after riding mopeds over rough roads whilst on holiday.

Believing the disease to be like a keloid, at every opportunity I
vigourously kneaded my left palm until it was sore and used my car gear
lever to press hard on it whilst out doing visits. I also stretched it as
often as I could.

After about nine months of hard work it started to regress and now
there is absolutely no sign of thickening or flexion. The other untreated
hand has a minor degree of thickening and appears static.
My wife was unsympathetic to my plan, but after seeing a surgeon who
advised that her hand was not bad enough for surgery, she fell heavily and
seemingly ruptured the cord. The fixed flexion has gone leaving a band.

I would be interested if any reader has had similar experiences.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 February 2006
Christopher Everett
Retired GP
Alton Hants GU34 4HD