Dupuytren’s Disease is an abnormal thickening in the palm and fingers that may limit movement.

The cause of Dupuytren’s is not known, but it more commonly affects Caucasians with ancestors from Northern Europe. It occurs more frequently in men then women, runs in families, and usually begins after age 40.

Dupuytren’s Disease begins as a small lump or pit in the palm, often near the crease at the base of the small or ring fingers. As time goes on, a cord may develop between the palm and fingers drawing the fingers into the palm and affecting activities.

There is no permanent cure for Dupuytren’s. Surgery can relieve the bending of the fingers into the palm to improve function, and is often done on an outpatient basis without the need for a general anesthetic. After surgery, it is possible that the cord will return to the same place.