Dupuytren’s contracture is a flexion contracture of the hand due to a palmar fibromatosis, in which the fingers bend towards the palm and cannot be fully extended (straightened). It is an inherited proliferative connective tissue disorder that involves the hand’s palmar fascia. Dupuytren’s contracture is treated with procedures to help straighten the fingers, but this does not cure the underlying disease. Contractures often return or involve other fingers.Incidence increases after age 40; at this age, men are affected more often than women. Beyond 80 the gender distribution is about even.
Contact the Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center for more information on Dupuytren’s Contracture.