The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Radiation therapy for early Dupuytren's disease.

  • Description

    In Dupuytren’s disease, connective tissue in the hands (called the palmar fascia) becomes thickened and shortened (contracted). This causes ridges in the palm, and stiff fingers that bend towards the palm and cannot be straightened

    The aim of treatment is to soften the contracted tissue to allow the patient to regain use of their hand. Radiation therapy for early Dupuytren’s disease involves directing low energy X-rays at the affected tissue with the aim of stopping the disease becoming more widespread. Treatment can be repeated in some patients.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    X65.4 Delivery of a fraction of external beam radiotherapy NEC

    Y91.3 Superficial or orthovoltage treatment for radiotherapy

    Z89.4 Hand NEC

    In addition ICD-10 code M72.0 Palmar fascial fibromatosis [Dupuytren] is assigned.

    The NHS Classifications Service of NHS Connecting for Health is the central definitive source for clinical coding guidance and determines the coding standards associated with the classifications (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) to be used across the NHS.   The NHS Classifications Service and NICE work collaboratively to ensure the most appropriate classification codes are provided.

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