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Dupuytren's Disease

Picture of normal hand and hand with Dupuytren's disease

Dupuytren's disease most often affects the bands or fascia of the hand (shown in the picture on the left). As the disease progresses, these areas can thicken and form a ropey cord. Eventually, the disease can limit movement or cause your fingers to bend so you can't straighten them. This is called a contracture (shown in the picture on the right).

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
Last Revised March 12, 2013

Last Revised: March 12, 2013

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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