Dupuytren’s contracture

A disorder of the hand in which one or more fingers become fixed in a bent position. In about half the cases, both hands are affected. In most cases there is no apparent cause, but the disease may in part be inherited. Men over 40 are most often affected. The tissues under the skin in the fingers or palm become thickened and shortened, causing difficulty in straightening the fingers. Surgery can correct deformity of the fingers, but in some cases there is a recurrence of the condition.


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