Dupuytren's disease most often affects the pretendinous bands or fascia of the hand (shown in the normal hand structure in the picture on the left). As the disease progresses, these areas can thicken and form a ropey cord. Eventually, the disease can severely affect the hand's appearance and function, causing contracture (shown in the picture on the right).
Last Revised: March 22, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
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