5 Famous People With Dupuytren's Contracture

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    A Condition Named for a Famous French Surgeon
    The benediction sign given by the pontiffs of the Roman Catholic Church may have started with a pope who had Dupuytren's contracture. This common hand deformity with the ring and pinky fingers folded into the palm is named after a famous French surgeon who was the first to operate on the deformity in the early 19th Century.

  • Bill Nighy - Famous People With Dupuytren's Contracture
    Bill Nighy
    You may know this British actor from his appearances with Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. He also has Dupuytren's contracture. Dupuytren's usually starts after age 40, and it is 5 to 15 times more common in men than in women. There is no cure, but injections or corrective surgery can help.

  • Ronald Reagan - Famous People With Dupuytren's Contracture
    Ronald Reagan
    President Ronald Reagan was one of the 27 million people in the United States and Europe affected by Dupuytren's. The deformity can make it embarrassing to shake hands, hard to wear a wedding ring, or impossible to put on a pair of gloves, but it is not painful.

  • David McCallum - Famous People With Dupuytren's Contracture
    David McCallum
    You may know David McCallum from his days on the TV spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. or more recently as Dr. Donald "Duckie" Mallard on NCIS. The actor has Dupuytren's contracture and had corrective surgery in 2009. The common surgical correction for Dupuytren's is called fasciotomy, in which the thickened tissue in the palm of the hand is removed or divided.

  • Margaret Thatcher - Famous People With Dupuytren's Contracture
    Margaret Thatcher
    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had her right hand operated on to relieve her contracture at age 60. Women get Dupuytren's less often than men, but because they often get a less severe form of the disease, it may simply be under-reported or not noticed until later in life.

  • Misha Dichter - Celebrities with Dupuytren's Contracture
    Misha Dichter
    World famous classical pianist Misha Dichter first noticed symptoms of Dupuytren's when he could no longer stretch his hand to reach all the keys. Like many people with Dupuytren's, he had a family history of the disease, including his father. He had surgery in 2007 and, after some physical therapy, was able to return to the piano in top form.

5 Famous People With Dupuytren's Contracture

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  6. David McCallum, The Internet Movie Database. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0564724/bio);
  7. Immigration, Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/...;
  8. Management of Dupuytren's disease: clear advice for an elusive condition (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1963648/pdf/rcse8801-003.pdf);
  9. The early history of Dupuytren's disease (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10050238?dopt=Abstract);
  10. Misha Dichter Rides Again, San Francisco Classical Voice (http://www.sfcv.org/article/misha-dichter-rides-again);
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Last Review Date: 2019 Aug 3
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