Needle release optimal treatment for Viking disease

ScienceDaily | 6/13/2018 | Staff
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"Whether or not the general Swedish healthcare system should subsidize drug treatment should definitely be called into question," says Dr. Joakim Stromberg, an orthopaedic and hand surgeon at Sahlgrenska University Hospital who holds a PhD from Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden.

Dupuytren's contracture, which has been referred to as "Viking disease," is a common ailment that affects about ten percent of men and two percent of women in the Nordic countries. The disease is most common among individuals older than 60.

Condition - Cord - Consisting - Tissue - Forms

In this condition, a cord consisting of pathological connective tissue forms on the palmar side of the finger, which over time can prevent the finger from being straightened. The pinky and ring fingers are most commonly affected, often in both hands. In addition to age, the disease can also be linked to factors such as heredity and diabetes.

For his thesis, Joakim Stromberg studied 156 patients who were treated either with Xiapex, an injectable fluid that dissolves the collagen to break down the cord, or by needle fasciotomy, a minimally invasive procedure carried out under local anesthesia in which a needle is used to disrupt the cord.

Follow-up - Months - Year - Years

Follow-up at six months, one year and two years showed no significant...
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