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What causes Dupuytren's contracture?

The cause of this contracture is unknown, but minor trauma and genetic predisposition may play a role. One or both hands may be affected. The ring finger is affected most often, followed by the little, middle, and index fingers. A small, painless nodule develops in the connective tissue and eventually develops into a cord-like band. Extension of the fingers becomes difficult to impossible with advanced cases. The condition becomes more common after the age of 40, and men are affected more often than women. The incidence is higher among people who are alcoholics, and people with diabetes, epilepsy, and pulmonary disease such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Recurrence after treatment is common. Risk factors are alcoholism, epilepsy, pulmonary tuberculosis, diabetes, and liver disease. Dupuytren's contracture is common. The cause is unknown, but the condition has a genetic predisposition. It occurs most commonly in men over 45 years of age. Dupuytren's contracture may be associated with cigarette smoking, epilepsy, diabetes, and alcoholism, and usually presents in middle age.

More information on Dupuytren's contracture

What is Dupuytren's contracture? - Dupuytren's contracture is a painless thickening and contracture of tissue beneath the skin on the palm of the hand and fingers.
What causes Dupuytren's contracture? - Dupuytren's contracture may be associated with cigarette smoking, epilepsy, diabetes, and alcoholism, and usually presents in middle age.
What're the symptoms of Dupuytren's contracture? - Dupuytren's Contracture typically begins as a thickening of the tissue of the palm in the form of a nodule or lump.
How is Dupuytren's contracture diagnosed? - A physical examination of the palm by touch (palpation) confirms the presence of thickened scar tissue (fibrosis) and contracture.
What's the treatment for Dupuytren's contracture? - Exercises, warm water baths, or splints may be helpful. The surgical treatment consists of removal of the diseased tissue, followed by significant hand therapy.
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