Peyronie's Disease & Dupuytren’s Disease
Dupuytren’s Disease or Dupuytren’s Contracture is a condition where, over a period of time, one or more fingers becomes permanently bent in a flexed position. It can affect both hands and all fingers, resulting in different degrees of deformity for different fingers.
The condition often develops with a small nodule under the skins of the palm and over time the pain gets worse. The fingers can no longer be straightened, and it becomes very hard for patients to grip items like a handle of a cup or a glass.
Like Peyronie’s Disease, Dupuytren’s Contracture is a connective tissue disorder, where fibrous plaque develops. With Peyronie’s Disease, this causes deformity in erections, but with Dupuyren’s Contracture the deformity is in the hand.
Since the early 1800’s it has been recognised that there is a correlation between Peyronie’s Disease and Dupuytren’s Disease. It is estimated that up to 15% of men who have Dupuytren’s Disease will also suffer from Peyronie’s Disease.
In a recent study it was found that the prevalence of Peyronie’s Disease in men with Dupuytren’s Contracture is similar to the prevalence of Dupuytren’s Contracture in men diagnosed with Peyronie’s Disease.
In the early stages of Dupuyren’s Disease, before the fingers become too deformed, extra corporeal shockwave therapy, can be an effective treatment for many men. Therefore, any patients suffering from Peyronie’s or Erectile dysfunction can be considered for this treatment.
Where Dupeytren’s is at an advanced stage we are able to refer to a Professor Carlson in Germany who undertakes combined surgical and shockwave therapy.