Dupuytrens contracture is a common condition. A layer of tissue in the palm and fingers gradually thickens and tightens, affecting the fingers. It becomes impossible to straighten the affected finger, and it may slowly be pulled down towards the palm. This becomes a functional problem and surgery is indicated.
Dupuytrens can affect any or all of the fingers, and both hands. Several operations may take place in a patient's life. Following surgery, hand therapy may be needed to overcome swelling and stiffness and to restore good motion and function.