In Dupuytren's contracture, the fingers become stiff and curl toward the palm. It is caused by thick tissue that grows under the skin in the palm of the hand. Sometimes the condition affects the palm but not the fingers. If the tissue gets thicker and affects one or more fingers, it may limit movement of your fingers and hand. Sometimes the condition can occur in the soles of the feet.
The cause of Dupuytren's disease is unknown. Dupuytren's disease may get worse slowly. If you have mild Dupuytren's disease, you may be able to keep your fingers moving with regular stretching. Surgery usually helps in severe cases. However, Dupuytren's disease can come back.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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