Percutaneous needle fasciotomy in Dupuytren’s contracture : is it a viable technique ?

Published online: Feb 28 2012

Alexandre PEREIRA, Marta MASSADA, Ricardo SOUSA, César SILVA, Miguel TRIGUEIROS, Rui LEMOS

From the Centro Hospitalar do Porto – Hospital de Santo António, Porto, Portugal


The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the results of 44 percutaneous needle fasciotomies for Dupuytren’s contracture, performed from March 2005 to June 2010. The mean age of the 36 patients was 58 years and the mean follow-up period was 28 months. The assessment was based on the clinical records and clinical evaluation. Pre-operative and postoperative total passive extension deficit and complications were registered. Recurrence and patient satisfaction were also noted. The results in stage I and II of Tubiana were interesting, with an average improvement of more than 70%. For more severe deformities, the correction obtained was not so satisfactory and decreased significantly over time. The cumulative rate of minor complications was significant (11/44) but there were no major complications or permanent sequelae. Most of the patients were satisfied with the result and would recommend the procedure or would be willing to repeat it if necessary. The recurrence rate was 9%. Percutaneous needle fasciotomy appeared in this study as a minimally invasive, simple and fast technique with low morbidity. These features make this technique a valid alternative in mild stages of Dupuytren’s disease.