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Hand in Hand: Doctor Treats Colombian man’s Rare Disease

This is an excerpt from an article written by Suzanne Laurent for You can read the full article here.

PORTSMOUTH – Luis Guillermo Fernandez was all smiles as he played a game of pick-up soccer with his 13-year-old son Luciano Fernandez in the parking lot of Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, just off Route 1.

Fernandez, 57, suffers from Dupuytren’s contracture, a disease that leads to limited use of the hand when tissues in the palm thicken forming a cord, eventually making it unable to straighten the fingers.

Usually a slowly progressing disease, Fernandez first noticed the symptoms about seven years ago, but they became more pronounced over the last couple of years, leading him to do some research on the disease and treatment through the Internet.

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