Dupuytren's contracture is a benign, progressive disabling condition of the hands. Traditionally, surgery (e.g. fasciotomy, fasciectomy, joint fusion and amputation) has been the only effective treatment but it is not an option for every patient. A potential alternative intervention is a formulation of collagenase Clostridium histolyticum (▾Xiapex--Pfizer Limited), which has been licensed for injection directly into the affected joint as treatment for adults with Dupuytren's contracture.5 Here we review the evidence for collagenase C. histolyticum and discuss its place in the management of this condition.
Collagenase from Clostridium histolyticum, release of rat epididymal adipocytes and hepatocytes tested (for methodology see Type II and Type IV), Type VIII, 0.5-5.0 FALGPA units/mg solid, ≥125 CDU/mg solid
Collagenase from Clostridium histolyticum, lyophilized powder (from 0.2 μm filtered solution), Suitable for digestion and isolation of physiologically active pancreatic islet cells, suitable for cell culture
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