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The Many Types of Dupuytren’s Disease

June 14, 2020

The topic of this article may surprise some readers since we hardly hear about different types of Dupuytren’s contracture. However, experts believe that Dupuytren’s exists in more than one form. 

This comes from the fact that the majority of those who have Dupuytren’s disease almost rarely ever develop contractures where their fingers begin to bend.

What is even more shocking is that diabetic patients (who are not diagnosed for Dupuytren’s) often show more signs of contractures. This is what led researchers to hypothesize the possibility of differentsubgroups of Dupuytren’s disease.

Let us introduce you to the main sub-groups:

Dupuytren’s Disease Type 1

This type of the disease is far more aggressive than the rest. It commonly develops in people who are younger, typically under 50.


The characteristics of this type include:

  • Higher risk of developing into a contracture
  • Often recurs even after effective treatment
  • Connected to diseases that go beyond the hands including Ledderhose disease 
  • Is common among people with a family history of Dupuytren’s disease

This type was previously called ‘Dupuytren’s Diathesis’. Experts believe that this must have described the more aggressive genetic factor, in addition to some other genes. 

This type of the disease more affects 3% of all patients diagnosed with Dupuytren’s syndrome. 

Dupuytren’s Disease Type 2

This type has been found to be much less aggressive than its sibling. It usually develops in people who have crossed the 50 year age mark. 

Here are some of its main characteristics:

  • Rarely progresses to a contracture
  • Rarely recurs after treatment
  • Not connected to other diseases of the palm and fingers
  • Has no known connection to family history

This type mostly occurs in influences that are genetics driven. It is also accelerated or becomes apparent in people who suffer from diabetes or other medical issues. 

People who are laborers or have jobs that require heavy use of the hands are more likely to report this condition.

Dupuytren’s Disease Type 3

There is a specific age for who can or cannot get this disease.

Some of the main features of this disease include:

  • Has absolutely no link to a person’s ancestry
  • Never transforms into or causes contractures

This type of the disease is not genetic and it rarely shows signs.

It is necessary to note that these types are purely based on the research conducted by experts. Since research is continued, we cannot be sure about the different types of this disease.

Keep checking this space for more as we work hard to keep you updated about Dupuytren's disease.

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