262012Oct

First Signs of Dupuytren’s Contracture

Do you think that you may have Dupuytren’s disease? A common sign of this benign condition is ‘lumps and bumps’ in the palms, ‘puckering’ of the skin in the palms, and in the later stages of the disease, the slow progression of the finger(s) to assume a bent position. The exact cause is not known, however, it is usually found in people of northern european descent.

The disease is not cancerous, and is not curable.  Progression of the disease is different for every person, and treatment is only necessary when the fingers become involved.

In most cases, signs of Dupuytren’s disease do not occur until after the age of 40. The first sign that usually develops is a small lump in the palm of the hand that sometimes can be tender. If you would like more information, contact the Florida Hand Center!