Severe contractures of the proximal interphalangeal joint in Dupuytren's disease: Results of a prospective trial of operative correction and dynamic extension splinting

Karen Rives, Richard Gelberman, Beth Smith, Karen Carney

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Abstract

In a prospective study, 23 proximal interphalangeal joints that were severely contracted (≥45 degrees) as a result of Dupuytren's disease underwent operative correction and 6 months of dynamic extension splinting. Proximal interphalangeal joint extension was measured preoperatively and postoperatively at 3-month intervals for 1 year and at 6-month intervals thereafter. Mean follow-up was 2 years (minimum, 1 year). Overall, at 2 years, 44% improvement in proximal interphalangeal joint extension was noted. Mean improvement of 59% in proximal interphalangeal joint extension was noted in patients who complied with the postoperative dynamic extension splinting program. Patients who were noncomplaint demonstrated a 25% improvement in proximal interphalangeal joint extension. The difference in values between patients who were compliant and those who were not was statistically significant. Other factors—severity of contracture, digit involved, and the necessity for capsular release—were not significantly related to outcome. This study suggests that soft tissue responds to continuous dynamic extension stresses and can be remodeled over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1153-1159
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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