What is Dupuytren’s Contracture? (Definition)
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Dupuytren’s contracture is characterized as an abnormal thickening of the tissue located just beneath the skin. This thickening occurs in the palm and can extend into the fingers. Firm pits, bumps and cords (thick lines) can develop and cause the fingers to bend into the palm. This condition may also be known as Dupuytren’s Disease. Occasionally, the disease will cause thickening on top of the knuckles or cause lumps and cords on the soles of the feet (plantar fibromatosis). The cause of Dupuytren’s contracture is unknown. The problem is more common in men, people over age 40 and people of northern European descent.
There is no way to stop or cure Dupuytren’s contracture. However, it is not dangerous. Dupuytren’s contracture usually progresses very slowly and may not become troublesome for years. It may never progress beyond lumps in the palm.
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