Picture of normal hand and hand with Dupuytren's disease

Dupuytren's disease most often affects the bands or fascia of the hand (shown in the picture on the left). As the disease progresses, these areas can thicken and form a ropey cord. Eventually, the disease can limit movement or cause your fingers to bend so you can't straighten them. This is called a contracture (shown in the picture on the right).

Current as ofSeptember 20, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCS(C) - Orthopedics, Hand and Microvascular Surgery