Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s Contracture, or Dupuytren’s disease is a condition where scar-like bands form in the palm of the hand extending into the fingers. It progressively thickens and causes the affected fingers to bend, so that they are no longer able to be straightened. It mainly affects the little and rings fingers.

Sometimes called “The Viking disease” it is believed to be more prevalent in those with Northern European ancestry.

Surgery followed by hand therapy is the main treatment for this condition. Unfortunately, recurrence of the condition can happen.

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