Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand condition in which the connective tissue under the skin of the palm and fingers becomes thickened and forms nodules or cords. Over time, the nodules can contract and pull the fingers towards the palm, resulting in a bent or curled position. This can make it difficult to straighten the fingers, grip objects, and perform everyday tasks.
Treatment options for Dupuytren’s contracture include non-surgical interventions such as physical therapy, injections, and splinting. Surgery may be recommended in more severe cases to remove the thickened tissue and restore normal hand function. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent the condition from progressing and causing significant disability.
The condition typically affects the ring and little fingers and is more common in men than women. It usually progresses slowly over several years, but in some cases, it can progress rapidly. The cause of Dupuytren’s contracture is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to genetic and environmental factors.