7 Things to Know About Dupuytren's Contracture
A Disease of the Hands

A Disease of the Hands

Dupuytren's contracture is named after Baron Gillaume Dupuytren, the first surgeon to operate on this hand deformity back in the early 1800s. If you have Dupuytren's contracture, the palm of your hand becomes gradually tighter and thicker. Eventually your fingers, especially your pinky and ring fingers, may curl inward. This can make it hard to use your hand, put on gloves, or even put your hand in your pocket.

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