Experience with peritendinous fibrosis of the dorsum of the hand

Anne B. Redfern, Raymond M. Curtis, E. F.Shaw Wilgis

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-383
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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