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Facts on Hand (Dupuytren’s contracture) | Who Dupuytren’s Contracture Affects

Who Dupuytren’s Contracture Affects

Who does Dupuytren's affect?

While Dupuytren's contracture can affect anyone, it's most common among individuals with northern European ancestry. That’s why Dupuytren's contracture has been called the "Viking disease."

  • Men are affected by Dupuytren's contracture more often than women
  • Symptoms usually appear later in life, over age 40, although it may occur in people as young as 20 years old
  • A family history of Dupuytren’s contracture may increase your risk of developing the disease
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