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How common is dupuytren's contracture in the u.s.? is there a lot of very mild cases that people don't know about?

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Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschneranswered
General Practice 40 years experience
3-4% of population: 3% to 4% of the population is the estimate.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Here also is a link to an eloquent article by a very well know hand surgeon from the pre internet fame days http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1305903/
Dec 4, 2012
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
3-6% incidence: Dupuytren's contracture affects 3-6% of the population of the United States. Cases vary btw very mild disease with nodules only, to severe cases with bilateral hand contractures, recurrence and involvement of the feet and/or penis. The disease is more common in people with northern european ancestry and has a strong family inheritance pattern.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Here also is a link to an eloquent article by a very well know hand surgeon from the pre internet fame days http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1305903/
Dec 4, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
a site that offers new treatment updates is http://tinyurl.com/b5mn7vg
Jan 4, 2013
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
3-6%: 3-6 % is the most commonly quoted estimate. Higher in those with european heritage, especially northern europe.

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