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Dupuytren’s disease

What is Dupuytren’s Disease? | Causes | Signs and Symptoms | Diagnosis | Treatment and Rehabilitation

What is Dupuytren's Disease?

Dupuytren's Disease, also known as Dupuytren's Contractures, is an abnormal thickening of the tissue just beneath the skin known as fascia. This thickening occurs in the palm and can extend into the fingers (see Figure 1). Firm cords and lumps may develop that can cause the fingers to bend into the palm (see Figure 2), in which case it is described as Dupuytren's contracture. Although the skin may become involved in the process, the deeper structures—such as the tendons—are not directly involved. Occasionally, the disease will cause thickening on top of the finger knuckles (knuckle pads), or nodules or cords within the soles of the feet (plantar fibromatosis).