What is Dupuytren's Contracture?
Dupuytren contracture, also known as Dupuytren disease, is a genetic disorder that causes the tissue under the skin of the palms and fingers to thicken and tighten. Nodules ( small bumps) will grow on the hand’s fascia (rubber band-like tissue that supports the hand and fingers under the skin) and eventually form thick cords beneath the skin. These thick cords cause the fingers to bend to the point they can no longer be straightened.
It’s important to note that the growths caused by Dupuytren contracture are always benign and never a symptom or cause of any cancers. While Dupuytren disease is unrelated to cancer, people with certain diseases or health conditions are more likely to develop it than others, such as:
- Vascular disease
- Alcohol use disorder
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders