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J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2010 Mar;35(3):220-3. doi: 10.1177/1753193409353849. Epub 2009 Dec 9.

The association between intraoperative correction of Dupuytren's disease and residual postoperative contracture.

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Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, UK.


The purpose of this study was to determine whether preoperative contracture and the amount of intraoperative correction can be used to predict the postoperative outcome of fasciectomy for Dupuytren's disease. A prospective study of 52 patients undergoing primary fasciectomy during an 18 month period was undertaken. The contracture of each joint was measured preoperatively, after fasciectomy during the operation and 6 months after surgery. Forty-two metacarpophalangeal (MCPJ) and 58 proximal interphalangeal (PIPJ) joints were treated surgically. Full intraoperative correction was achieved in 41 MCPJs. Thirty-seven had full correction at follow-up. Full intraoperative correction was obtained in 35 PIPJs and 13 had complete correction at follow-up. The extent of the preoperative deformity was a significant predictor of complete intraoperative correction. The extent of both preoperative deformity and intraoperative correction were significant predictors of loss of surgical correction after operation.

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