Dupuytren's disease develops slowly and may be hard to diagnose in its early stages. Most people do not see a doctor until the disease has progressed. A medical history and physical exam usually provide enough information for your doctor to determine whether you have Dupuytren's disease.
Questions about your medical history for Dupuytren's disease will usually include:
- Whether any close family members have been diagnosed with Dupuytren's disease or have had any similar symptoms.
- Your ethnic background.
- The symptoms and signs you've experienced and for how long.
- Whether you've noticed similar symptoms on the soles of your feet.
- Whether you've experienced any pain in your hand.
- Whether you have a history of smoking or alcoholism.
- Whether you have other medical conditions, such as diabetes.
A physical exam for Dupuytren's disease will usually include:
- Moving your hand and wrist in various positions.
- Moving your fingers to check for flexibility.
- Feeling the palm of your hand for a knot (nodule) or cord.
- Looking for any skin changes on your hand, such as dimpling or thickening on the palm.
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