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Ledderhose disease

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Autosomal dominant A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease.


Autosomal recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype.


dominant X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.


recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder.


Mitochondrial or multigenic Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.


Multigenic or multifactor Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.


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Other names (AKA)

Lederhose disease


Rare Cancers; Skin Diseases


Ledderhose disease is a type of plantar fibromatosis characterized by the growth of hard and round or flattened nodules (lumps) on the soles of the feet.[1] It is generally seen in middle-aged and elderly people, and occurs in men about 10 times more often than in women. It typically affects both feet and progresses slowly, but not indefinitely.[1] The nodules are often painless at first, but may cause pain when walking as they grow.[2] People with Ledderhose disease may also have other conditions associated with the formation of excess fibrous connective tissue such as Dupuytren contracture, knuckle pads, or Peyronie disease. Repeated trauma, long-term alcohol consumption, chronic liver disease, diabetes, and epilepsy have also been reported in association with this condition. The exact cause of Ledderhose disease is not known, but heredity is thought to play a role in many cases.[1] Treatment, if needed, may involve conservative management, steroid injections, radiotherapy, or surgery (fasciectomy and removal of the fibrous tissue). The condition has a good prognosis, although slow progression is not uncommon. Fasciectomy has been shown to reduce the rate of recurrence.[1][3]


This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.

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80%-99% of people have these symptoms
Joint pain
Lack of skin elasticity
Pins and needles feeling

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30%-79% of people have these symptoms
Subcutaneous nodule
Firm lump under the skin
Growth of abnormal tissue under the skin

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Treatment options may include conservative management, radiation therapy, steroid injections and surgery. Conservative management may include using soft inserts in shoes. It may help to cut holes in the inserts or inner soles to reduce pressure on the nodules.[4] Radiation therapy may help to stop disease progression in early stages, when nodules are very small. It may also help to shrink the size of larger nodules to relieve pain.[4] Corticosteroid injections may be beneficial in the early stages of the disease, when there is no pain or minimal pain.[1][4][5] If or when steroids do not help, surgery may be needed. Surgical options include fasciectomy and excision (removal) of the fibrous tissue. Fasciectomy has been shown to reduce the rate of recurrences.[1] However, recurrence following surgery remains common.[6] 

The International Dupuytren Society provides further information on treatment options for Ledderhose disease.


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      These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.

      In-Depth Information

      • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
      • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
      • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
      • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Ledderhose disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.


        1. Hougeir FG. Plantar Fibromatosis. Medscape Reference. May 30, 2018; https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1061903-overview.
        2. Ledderhose disease. International Dupuytren Society. December 28, 2016; https://www.dupuytren-online.info/morbus_ledderhose.html.
        3. Akdag O, Yildiran G, Karamese M & Tosun Z. Dupuytren-Like Contracture of the Foot: Ledderhose Disease.. The Surgery Journaloi:10.1055/s-0036-1593355.. 2016; 2(3):102-104. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5553473/.
        4. Therapies for Ledderhose's disease (Plantar fibromatosis or Morbus Ledderhose). International Dupuytren Society. 2016; https://www.dupuytren-online.info/ledderhose_therapies.html.
        5. Kan HJ, Hovius SE. Long-term follow-up of flaps for extensive Dupuytren's and Ledderhose disease in one family. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012 Dec;65(12):1741-5; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22917697.
        6. Sheon RP, De Keyser F. Ganglia and nodules. In: Basow DS. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; 2013;

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