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Dupuytren's contracture

The Dupuytren's contracture - A disorder of the hand in which one or more fingers become fixed in a bent position. In about half of the cases, both hands are affected. In most cases there is no apparent cause, but the disease may be, in part, inherited. Men over the age of 40 are most often affected.

The tissues just under the skin in the fingers or palm become thickened and shortened, which causes difficulty in straightening the fingers. Surgery can correct deformity of the fingers, but in some cases the condition recurs.
Dupuytren's contracture
Dupuytren's contracture
A band of tissue in the hand thickens and contracts, gradually pulling the fingers into a permanently bent position.

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