Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive hand condition that affects the palms and the fingers.

The layer of tissue just under the skin can develop an abnormal build-up of collagen, a protein seen in tissues throughout the body.  In Dupuytren’s contracture, this collagen builds up and over time can thicken into a rope-like cord in the palm.

As Dupuytren’s progresses over time, the cord can extend from the palm into the finger.  Gradually, the cord pulls the finger down toward the palm so they cannot be straightened.  This bend is called a “contracture”. The contracture can limit a person’s ability to perform some tasks using their hands.

There is no cure for Dupuytren’s but there are effective treatment options which can improve the lives of patients with Dupuytren’s.