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June 1932

DUPUYTREN'S CONTRACTION: WITH A NOTE ON THE INCIDENCE OF THE CONTRACTION IN DIABETES

Author Affiliations

BALTIMORE; NEWARK, N. J.
From the Surgical Department of the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, Division of Plastic Surgery.

Arch Surg. 1932;24(6):933-989. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1932.01160180043004
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to call attention again to an interesting progressive surgical condition of the hands; the etiology is obscure; the diagnosis is frequently confused with contraction of the flexor tendons, and the treatment is often unsatisfactory. This report is based on a review of the literature and on a study of 40 cases heretofore unreported. In addition to this series, we shall also consider the cases of a group of 6 patients found in the examination of 200 patients in the diabetic clinic, who did not come to the clinic for surgical treatment.

This deformity was first described by Plater in 1610 and in 1808 was alluded to again in the surgical lectures of Henry Clive. In 1818, in a lecture on dislocations of the fingers, Sir Astley Cooper stated:

A toe or finger is sometimes thrown out of its natural position by the flexor tendon

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