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Dupuytren’s Contractures

Description

Another condition named after the first surgeon to describe it, this is a connective tissue disorder of the palmar fascia (the tissue located just underneath the palm skin). Specific causes remain unknown, however, treatment typically involves releasing contractures.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Hand trauma
  • Heredity
  • Northern European or Scandinavian decent

Signs & Symptoms

  • Changes in appearance of palm:
    • Lump(s) at base of ring or pinkie finger
    • Lump(s) beneath skin of palm
    • Thickening of palmar fasica
  • Difficulty in fully extending fingers
  • Fingers pulled into palm
  • Inability to perform daily palm-extending activities such as shaking hands or doing dishes

Tips & Treatment

  • Men develop the condition more often than women.
  • Lumps can develop into hard “cords” that extend into the fingers.
  • Treatment may require breaking apart or removing those cords.

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