DAVE WATTS, MD
The thickening of the ligament in the palm which results in nodules. If the nodules become severe, they can cause the inability of the figure to straighten fully. Ring and small fingers commonly affected by dupuytren’s contracture.
There is no identified cause of the disorder. It most often impacts men and individuals of the Northern European Extraction.
This deformity is usually mild and does not result in a malfunction or having the need to undergo surgery. If the contracture is significant and interferes with the full use of the hand, the patient has to undergo surgery to remove that portion of the ligament. This surgery usually helps improve function and prevents further deformity.