Dupuytren contracture is a thickening of tissue in the palm of the hand. It causes one or more fingers to be curled in toward the palm. The contracture can make it difficult or impossible to straighten these fingers.
Dupuytren contracture can happen on either one or both hands. The first sign is a nodule (bump) in the palm near the bottom of a finger. It may be sensitive to touch. However, this condition is often not painful.
The bump then becomes a thickened cord. As the cord thickens, it shortens and pulls on the fingers. This curls the affected finger toward the palm. At first, the curling of the fingers are mild. It may worsen over time. How fast it worsens can differ from person to person.
The ring finger is usually affected first. The pinky finger is often second. The index, and long finger may follow. Movement in the fingers will become more difficult over time.
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