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Dupuytren's Contracture Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Have your symptoms or hand function gotten worse since our last visit?
  • Have you been monitoring your progression with the tabletop test?
  • Can you flatten your hand on the counter?
  • Have you needed to use anything for pain in your hand?
  • Are you ready to consider surgery?
  • How long have you been experiencing hand symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms gotten worse over time or stayed about the same?
  • Do you have pain? If so, describe your pain.
  • Do your symptoms interfere with your ability to use your hand?
  • What seems to make your symptoms better or worse?
  • Does anyone in your family have this problem?
  • What treatments have you tried so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have Dupuytren's contracture?
  • How do you diagnose Dupuytren's contracture?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How does Dupuytren's contracture usually progress?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • How do you expect my specific case of Dupuytren's contracture to progress?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to help my hand function?
  • How can I monitor my progression at home?
  • What are my options if my contracture gets worse?
  • When do you recommend surgery for Dupuytren's contracture?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my Dupuytren's contracture?
  • Is surgery an option for me at this point in my contracture progression?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Dupuytren's Contracture. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dupuytrens-contracture/symptoms-causes/syc-20371943
  2. Dupuytren's Disease. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/dupuytrens-disease/

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