Everything You Need to Know About Dupuytren's Contracture

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Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms

Dupuytren's may affect one or both hands. It progresses slowly over time. The first sign you may notice may be lumps in the palm of your hand. These lumps are small, hard, and tender. As the condition progresses, the lumps will no longer be painful. Thick bands may begin to form under your skin. In more severe cases, all your fingers can curl into the palm of your hand.

Causes

The cause of Dupuytren’s is unknown. It is speculated that the disease may be genetic. Your risk is higher if a relative has it. Other risk factors include being over the age 40, alcoholism, smoking, thyroid problems, liver disease, diabetes, previous hand injury, and epilepsy.

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