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Finger Contracture (Dupuytren Contracture)

  • Causes

    Dupuytren contractures occur when tissue fibers in the palm of the hands grow thicker. This can make it hard to straighten the fingers, leading to problems doing daily activities.

  • Treatment

    Dr. Drake images a patient's hand.Nonsurgical

    A nonsurgical treatment includes injecting the cords with collagenase. This allows the cords to break and the finger to straighten.


    Surgery for Dupuytren contractures involves making incisions in the fingers or palms to remove the cords. This can be an outpatient surgery, so the patient can return home the same day as surgery.