Dupuytren’s contracture is a thickening of the fibrous tissue layer underneath the skin of the palm and fingers. Although painless, the thickening and tightening (contracture) of this fibrous tissue can cause the fingers to curl (flex). Dupuytren’s contracture is more common in men than in women.
Dupuytren’s contracture symptoms usually occur very gradually.
One or more small, tender lumps (nodules) form in the palm. Over time, the tenderness usually goes away.
Bands of tissue
The nodules may thicken and contract, forming tough bands of tissue under the skin.
One or more fingers bend (flex) toward the palm. The ring and little fingers are most commonly affected, but any or all fingers can be involved. As the bend in the finger increases, it may be hard to straighten your finger. Grasping large objects and putting your hand in a pocket becomes difficult.