Is It Dupuytren's?

Dupuytren's contracture (pronounced "DOO puh trenz con TRACT shure") is a condition that affects the hand and can progress over time. It begins with changes in the palm — lumps may develop at the base of the finger and the skin's appearance may change. Then, one or more fingers gradually curl downward toward the palm. This curling (called contracture) prevents the fingers from straightening. Because of this, the disease is referred to as Dupuytren's contracture. As the amount of contracture increases, range of motion decreases, which may make it difficult to do ordinary things.

Dupuytren's Progression

These are some common signs of Dupuytren's contracture, however only a doctor can diagnose your condition. If you think you have Dupuytren's contracture, see your doctor to discuss your condition and treatment options.

What Dupuytren's contracture can mean for you

Dupuytren's contracture typically becomes more noticeable and disruptive over time. As the contracture progresses, many people find that everyday tasks become more difficult. But it's not just the little things; many people with Dupuytren's have been forced to give up things they love, such as playing the piano. Others are impacted in the workplace because they may have trouble typing on a keyboard or using tools.1,2

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References: 1. Luck JV. Dupuytren's contracture: a new concept of the pathogenesis correlated with surgical management. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1959;41(4):635-664. 2. Trojian TH, Chu SM. Dupuytren's disease: diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2007;76:86-89.



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