Fifteen patients with a diagnosis of peritendinous fibrosis of the dorsum of the hand (Secretan's disease) were treated between 1958 and 1980. Thirteen patients had excision of a dorsal fibroma with extensor tendolysis when necessary. Preoperative findings included a hard dorsal mass and limitation of motion. Postoperative courses were characterized by prolonged periods of rehabilitation and recurrent episodes of swelling. Twelve of 15 patients returned to work 3 to 30 months postoperatively. Permanent disability was substantial. None of these patients had significant wound healing problems, and all had improved range of motion. The question of self-inflicted injury was raised in five cases but could not be demonstrated.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine