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How Common is Dupuytren’s Contracture?

September 21, 2020

Although the genetic factors behind the cause of Dupuytren’s Contracture are still unknown, studies have revealed that Dupuytren’s Contracture is most common in Northern European Caucasians


It is the most commonly prevailing connective tissue disorder. Almost 30% of the Norewegian population, especially those over the age of 60, develop this irreversible and progressive disease. 


On the other hand, other ethnicities show fewer cases of Dupuytren’s. The highest prevailing cases of Dupuytren’s Contracture out of Europe occur in Australia with about 22% of people over the age of 60 being affected by it.

Is Dupuytren’s Contracture More Common In Women?

The most common perception people have regarding Dupuytren’s Contracture is that women are more susceptible to developing this hand deformity. 


This perception stems from the fact that women are more likely to develop bone problems such as Osteoporosis. 


Of the 80 million people in America affected by Osteoporosis, almost 80% of them are women. 


Since Dupuytren’s Contracture is also a deformity affecting the bones of the palm, people automatically assume that women are more likely to develop this issue in their fingers. 


However, this perception is incorrect and the statistics reveal that men over the age of 40 have a higher chance of developing Dupuytren’s Contracture as compared to women.


A study conducted in different regions of Australia and Europe revealed that the affected ratio between men and women ranged from3:1 to 9.5:1.


Change in Statistics With Age

The prevalence of Dupuytren’s Contracture in both men and women is largely dependent on the age factor.


The 9.5:1 ratio between men and women actually comes down to a 1:1 ratio as men begin to cross the age of 55. 


Women above 60 years of age are more likely to develop Dupuytren’s Contracture in their palm. 


The reason behind this sudden change in statistics is not known, but it is a recurring theme in most patients diagnosed with Dupuytren’s Contracture.

Conclusion

It is important to note that regardless of gender or age, Dupuytren’s Contracture knows no boundaries and can affect anyone.


However, those over the age of 40, both and male and female, are more at risk than those who are younger or in their late 30s. 


The risk factors also depend on things such as family history of alcohol consumption.

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