Dupuytren

Dupuytren versus Spellcheck
By: Charles Eaton
Nov 26, 2019

The word “Dupuytren” is often missing from spellcheck libraries. Before my phone got used to me, it transcribed Dupuytren as “Jupiter Den”, “Two Bedrooms” “Do engine” and other comical substitutions, although it never produced “Department Contracture” or “Dumpster Contracture”, as in this newspaper article published last week: Dupuytren, Dupuytren, Dupuytren! It’s a common problem. We need […]

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It’s Dupuytren’s Birthday!
On: Oct 5, 2019
By: Charles Eaton

Happy Birthday, Dupuytren! It may not seem that long ago, but Guillaume Dupuytren was born just 242 years ago today on Oct. 5, 1777. Dupuytren disease goes by his name because of the lecture he gave and the surgery he performed for this condition at Hôpital-Dieu in Paris on the 5th of December 1831, just […]

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The Need for Nonprofit Medical Research
On: Aug 16, 2019
By: Charles Eaton

Why isn’t there a drug for Dupuytren already? You might hear that surgeons don’t want a Dupuytren cure because it’s so profitable – but take it from a hand surgeon: if Dupuytren disappeared today, surgeons would be happier than patients: no one will miss Dupuytren. So why isn’t there a drug to slow down or […]

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Dupuytren and Rare Disease Research
On: Jul 1, 2019
By: Charles Eaton

Is Dupuytren disease common or rare? I recently attended the Rare Drug Development Symposium in Philadelphia. Why? Is Dupuytren really a rare disease? Yes and no. Mild Dupuytren is common but very severe Dupuytren is rare – in the same way that cats are common but chimeric cats with crazy colors are rare. What does […]

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Did You Know These Dupuytren Facts?
On: Nov 29, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Did You Know These Dupuytren Facts? Did you know? Today, each child of a parent with Dupuytren has a one in four chance of developing Dupuytren. Did you know? Today, there’s no practical way to test if a treatment can prevent Dupuytren. Did you know? Today’s approach to Dupuytren treatment is the same as it was in the 1800s: wait for a bend, […]

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Shop Amazon and Support Research: Amazon4Dup.com
On: Nov 23, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Support Dupuytren research the easy way with Amazon Smile. Amazon4Dup.com links you to Amazon Smile’s Dupuytren Research Group page. (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-3886958) Amazon donates to Dupuytren Research Group with every purchase made through Remember to do all your Amazon shopping through Amazon4Dup.com! – Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, Holidays, and every day! –  

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Dupuytren and Fear of the Unknown
On: Oct 31, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Dupuytren and Fear of the Unknown Boopuytren! Here’s a common Dupuytren script. A person finds something unexplained in their palm. They see a hand surgeon, who tells them “You have Dupuytren disease.” “There’s nothing to do now.” “Come back when you can’t put your palm flat on a tabletop.” First, disappointment: the doctor did …nothing! (and […]

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A better Dupuytren measurement?
On: Oct 24, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Measuring Dupuytren What’s the best way to measure Dupuytren disease impact? Finger angles? Dexterity performing hand-related activities? Subjective or self-reported surveys? It turns out that Dupuytren is difficult to pigeonhole. People often compensate for some loss of motion without being aware that they are. Unless the fingers are really bent, angle measurements don’t correlate with […]

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Share Your Dupuytren Story
On: Sep 14, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Dupuytren. In English, the word Dupuytren is unfamiliar. It’s hard to spell and strange to pronounce (DOO-pa-tren) – and not just for English speakers. In Denmark, it’s called Kuskefingre (Coachman’s finger) because Dupuytren’s first description involved the fingers of a man who drove a horsedrawn coach – a coachman. The reason that the word isn’t […]

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