What is Dupuytren disease?
Dupuytren disease, also known as Dupuytren’s contracture, is a condition that causes the tissue under the skin of the palm and fingers to thicken and tighten, potentially resulting in cords that can pull the digits or palm into a bent position.
Dupuytren disease will usually start as a small lump in the palm, which may eventually develop into a thick cord that can extend up to the fingers, causing them to bend or curl towards the palm. The condition most often affects the ring finger and little finger, but it can also affect other fingers, and it can affect one or both hands.
The cause of Dupuytren disease is largely unknown, but there is increasing evidence that it is due to your genetics, or DNA. It is more common in men, people over forty years of age, and in people of European descent.