Dupuytren's Disease

Dupuytren's Contracture is an abnormal thickening of the fibrous layer of skin beneath the palm and fingers that causes the finger to curl. This disorder is uncommon, and only causes severe pain in rare cases.

Symptoms

  • Thickening of the skin on the hand
  • A lump of tissue under the palm
  • Fingers that curl toward the palm
  • Most often affects the ring and pinky fingers

Treatment

  • Observation
  • Surgery
  • Xiaflex: a prescription medication that is used when a “cord” can be felt. It is injected into the cord and helps straighten bent fingers by breaking up hard tissue caused by the condition.