Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that affects the nodules and cords of connective tissue, or palmar fascia, to the palm. The tightening of the tissue causes the fingers to become bent down, which may become permanent if not treated. The tightening usually starts on the pinky finger and then travels down to the thumb as time goes on. The cause of Dupuytren’s contracture is still unknown.
Common symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture include:
- Nodules in the palm
- Fingers bent down towards palm
- Difficulty using hands
In most cases minimally invasive surgery is the best option for Dupuytren’s contracture, but the best way to know for sure is to seek medical treatment at the onset of the symptoms listed above.