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Dupuytren's contracture

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Introduction
Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that affects the hands and fingers. It causes one or more fingers to bend into the palm of the hand.
Symptoms of Dupuytren's contracture
The first symptom of Dupuytren's contracture is usually the growth of small lumps of tissue called nodules on the palm of your hand.
Causes of Dupuytren's contracture
Dupuytren's contracture occurs when bands of shortened connective tissue prevent you from fully extending your figure. It is not known why this happens.
Diagnosing Dupuytren's contracture
If you see your GP because you think you may have Dupuytren's contracture, they will examine your palm and hand for signs of the condition.
Treating Dupuytren's contracture
Treatment for Dupuytren's contracture is usually only required if the condition affects the function of your hand. Many cases are mild and don't need to be treated.
Recovering from surgery for Dupuytren’s contracture
Recovering full or partial function of the hand following hand surgery for Dupuytren’s contracture can take a long time.
"I'm delighted with the results of the operation"
Peter Revell-Smith, from London, had surgery to treat Dupuytren's contracture 10 years after he first noticed something wrong with his little finger.
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