What is Dupuytren’s contracture?
Your hand has fascia, a fibrious layer that connects skin to muscle. When the fascia thickens and tightens over time, the finger(s) may be pulled inward towards the palm resulting in a flexion contracture as the finger(s) lose mobility. Eventually the finger(s) cannot be completely straightened.
Patients with Dupuytren’s contracture develop symptoms over the course of several years. During the first grade, some people notice nodules, or small lumps at the palm of the hand, that are tender to touch. The second grade is noted when the nodules become thick and form cord-like tissue under the skin. In turn, the finger may be difficult to straighten or spread apart. The third degree is classified when one or more fingers are pulled inward toward the palm causing a contracture.
Sometimes this condition may not affect your hand function so treatment may not be necessary. If the hand function is affected, then injections or surgery can be used to address the contracture.
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