Dupuytren's Disease (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
You are at an increased risk of developing Dupuytren's disease if you:
You are more likely to get Dupuytren's disease if you have certain diseases or disorders, such as diabetes or alcoholism. Cigarette smoking also increases your chances of getting the disease. You may also have a slightly higher chance of getting Dupuytren's disease if you are being treated for epilepsy.1
When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor if you notice:
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. This period may vary from a few days to weeks, months, or years. Dupuytren's disease usually is a slowly progressing disease.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose Dupuytren's disease:
A hand surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, or plastic surgeon can also diagnose and treat Dupuytren's disease. These doctors are most often seen for severe disease, when you cannot use your hand for everyday activities.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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