Dupuytren’s Contracture

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A person massages their hands, possibly because of Dupuytren's syndrome.

Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive disorder that starts gradually, with small, tender lumps in the palm of the hand. Over time, fingers (usually the ring and/or small fingers) are drawn  into a bent position. As Dupuytren’s worsens, people find it difficult to perform such routine activities as washing their hands or grasping large objects.

Dupuytren’s has no cure, but Yale Medicine offers several effective treatments that can improve hand function significantly. Carrie Swigart, MD, chief of Yale Medicine Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery Program, has been treating Dupuytren's for decades.