Dupuytren’s Contracture


Dupuytren’s disease causes an abnormal thickening of the tissues located underneath the skin in the palm of your hand. As the tissue thickens it can form an abnormal growth causing the fingers to bend in towards the palm of the hand. Severe symptoms can cause contractures and loss of hand function. Dupuytren’s disease usually progresses slowly and happens in adults over the age of 40. Smoking, drinking and some medical conditions can increase your risk.

Dupuytren’s Disease Symptoms

The progression of Dupuytren’s disease is unpredictable. For some, the condition may consist of a lump or thickening of the tissue. Others may experience severe symptoms, including contractures and loss of hand function. At the onset, you may notice a small tender lump in the palm of your hand that typically is not painful. Over time, tough cords may form beneath your skin. The thickened tissue may cause your fingers to bend inward toward your palm. Your ring finger and little finger are affected most often. You may have difficulty straightening your fingers.