01/22/2014

Dupuytren Disease

 

Dupuytren disease is an abnormal thickening of the tissue just beneath the skin known as fascia. This thickening occurs in the palm and can extend into the fingers (see Figure 1). Firm pits, nodules and cords may develop that can cause the fingers to bend into the palm (see Figure 2), in which case it is described as Dupuytren contracture. Although the skin may become involved in the process, the deeper structures—such as the tendons—are not directly involved. Occasionally, the disease will cause thickening on top of the finger knuckles (knuckle pads), or nodules or cords within the soles of the feet (plantar fibromatosis).