Help for Dupuytren's Disease

Proven radiation treatment is available at Baton Rouge General.

What is Dupuytren's Disease?

  • Affects the hands and feet of at least 10 million Americans

  • Attacks the palmar and plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue of the hands and feet

  • Usually progresses slowly, sometimes taking years to see symptoms

  • Incurable and debilitating to patients in the advanced stages of the disease

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Without treatment, approximately 50% of patients will show disease progression in 5 years

If you’re not experiencing pain or losing any function, you may opt to take the “wait and see” approach with Dupuytren’s. But, radiation therapy offers hope for those in the early stage of the disease.

A relatively new approach to Duputryen’s, radiation therapy – used primarily to treat cancer – can can slow or prevent the progression of the disease. Through simple, painless treatments, the affected tissue will soften, helping to eliminate inflammation and tightness.

This mean preserving function in your hands or feet, which could delay the need for surgery in the future. It’s important to talk to a specialist about all your treatment options, to see what is right for you.

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What Can I Expect from Radiation Therapy

  • Slowing or prevention of the progression of early stage Dupuytren’s disease
  • Alleviate discomfort caused by nodules or cords on palms and soles
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Decreased tightness
  • Viable alternative to the “wait and see” approach, which often results in the disease progressing to the point of needing collagenase injections and/or invasive hand surgery
  • Quick, painless treatments


  • "No one had mentioned radiation as an option up until this point. But after an easy consultation, Dr. Lauve performed five quick, simple radiation treatments, then two months later, he did five more. Over a year later, I have a full range of motion, no pain, and my prognosis is good. I tell everyone I know about it."

    - Michele

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Proven Radiation Treatment is available at Baton Rouge General.

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