Causes of Dupuytren’s ContractureWhat causes Dupuytren’s Contracture in the workplace?
Dupuytren’s Contracture Causes
What Causes Dupuytren’s Contracture?
There are essentially five main causes of Dupuytren’s Contracture:
Dupuytren Disease and the associated Contracture are most often passed on genetically through a faulty gene that seems to have originated in Northern Europe, possibly as far back as during the Viking times. The disease is seen most often in people of Northern European descent: English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh and French, but also in Scandinavians: Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish. While it is passed on through generations, it does not necessarily follow that if your father suffers from it that you will also inherit the disease.
Diabetes is a long-term health condition that causes the sufferer’s blood sugar levels to become too high. While doctors are not entirely sure of the link between the two conditions, there seems to be a strong link that around 5% of Diabetes sufferers will develop Dupuytren Disease at some point. However the good news for diabetes sufferers is that in most cases, those who develop Dupuytren’s generally have less severe symptoms than those without diabetes.
Doctors are currently unsure about the link between Epilepsy and Dupuytren Disease, but the two do seem to be intrinsically linked. Some believe that both come from a similar genetic issue, whereas others believe that the link is more associated with the anticonvulsant drugs that are used to combat the seizures commonly endured by epileptic people.
Alcoholism and heavy smoking both cause a great deal of damage to the body and its systems. While they are yet to put their finger on the precise link, there is a wealth of data showing that those who drink and smoke heavily are at an increased risk of developing Dupuytren’s Contracture.
Repeated or prolonged exposure to vibration
In the past few years increasing numbers of studies have shown a link between Dupuytren’s Contracture and hard manual labour; in particular the repeated or prolonged use of vibrating machinery and equipment. It is common knowledge these days that using vibrating machinery for long periods of time, or without suitable breaks in between use, can lead to a range of issues including HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome), Vibration White Finger and other upper limb and musculoskeletal disorders. A great deal of new research is currently underway to try and understand the links between the disease and vibration.
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Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, David Gower, Graham Gooch, Bill Nighy, and even the author J.M. Barrie have all suffered from the condition over the years. It is rumoured that J.M. Barrie, author of the legendary Peter Pan, used his own...