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Dupuytren’s Contracture

What is Dupuytren’s contracture?

Dupuytren’s contracture is a painless condition that causes the fingers to become permanently bent. It most commonly develops in men, though women and children can also be affected by it. It can occur in the palms of the hands but most often affects the hand’s fingers.
It is caused by an abnormal thickening of tissue beneath the skin in your palm or fingers. This thickened tissue pulls on the ends of your fingers, causing them to bend into a claw-like appearance. The affected area may begin to feel tight and stiff as well.

What are the causes?

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to the development of Dupuytren's contracture. Some of these factors include:

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Injury to the hand
What are the treatment options for Dupuytren’s contracture?

The most common treatment option for Dupuytren's contracture is surgery, also known as a fasciectomy. During this procedure, the surgeon will remove tissue from areas where your fingers have contracted. The orthopaedic hand surgeon will typically make incisions on the palm of your hand and then remove some of the tissue that causes the contracture. The incisions will be closed with stitches or staples and will require some time for healing once you leave the hospital after surgery.

How long is the recovery?

Recovery time after surgery depends on how much tissue was removed during the operation. Typically, you should expect the recovery time to last anywhere from three weeks to six months. Most people return to work within one week, though this procedure may take longer if more tissue is removed than usual.