Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that causes deformity of the hand over time. With this syndrome, a layer of tissue grows under the skin of the palm, eventually creating a thick, knotted cord that pulls the fingers and causes them to bend. While there’s no cure for this condition, treatment can slow its progression and minimize its interference with everyday activities.
What Causes Dupuytren’s Contracture Syndrome?
While doctors aren’t exactly sure what causes this condition, certain groups of people are at a higher risk for developing Dupuytren’s contracture. It most commonly occurs in men older than age 50; while women can also develop this syndrome, their symptoms are typically less severe than those experienced by men. It’s also more common among individuals of European descent, as well as among those who have family members with this condition. Diabetes, smoking, and alcohol intake are also risk factors for this syndrome.
What are the Characteristic Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture?
People with this condition first notice that the skin of their palm seems thicker. Over time, this evolves into knobs of tissue and puckering and dimpling of the skin. The condition is not usually painful, although the affected area may be more sensitive to touch. Over time, the fingers (most often the pinky and ring fingers) are pulled toward the palm.
How is Dupuytren’s Contracture Treated?
For many people with this condition, progression is so slow that treatment is not required at first. If the changes to your fingers make it challenging to perform your daily tasks, however, certain treatments can help alleviate its effects by breaking up the hardened tissue under the palm. Of course, we can go over the details of these treatments with you during a consultation at our office.
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If you’re experiencing the symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture syndrome, schedule an evaluation at Arora Hand Surgery. We’ll be happy to recommend treatment options that can restore normal movement to your hand.
For your convenience, Arora Hand Surgery has locations in West Bloomfield, Warren, Macomb, and Howell. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more information about your treatment options!