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What causes contracted fingers?

What causes contracted fingers?

It results from a thickening and scarring of connective tissue under the skin in the palm of the hand and in the fingers. Dupuytren’s (du-pwe-TRANZ) contracture is a hand deformity that usually develops over years. The condition affects a layer of tissue that lies under the skin of your palm.

How do you fix a finger contracture?

If your finger is already bent, your doctor may recommend Xiaflex, a mixture of enzymes that is injected into the affected area to break up the tough tissue. The drug loosens the tissue. If the contracture is still present on the following day, your doctor will stretch your finger and try to straighten it.

What causes your fingers to curl inward?

Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that causes thick, tough tissue to form under the skin of the palm. The thickened, shortened tissue eventually forces some of the fingers to curl inward toward the palm, creating a hand deformity.

Is contracture life threatening?

It is not life threatening and treatment can temporarily improve some mobility. Also, Dupuytren’s contracture is relatively painless (although nodules can be sensitive to touch), and the condition progresses slowly over many years. There is, however, no cure for the disease.

What causes hand contractures?

Contractures are caused by shortening and stiffening of tendons due to disuse. Basically, they go so long with the body part in a flexed position (hands are very common) that the tendons stiffen and stay flexed so the hand can’t straighten.

What causes Dupuytren disease?

Dupuytren’s disease. It is caused by thickening of the tissue under the skin in the hands and feet causing nodules & bands to form. No one knows why it happens. The treatment varies per the degree of the disease.

What causes Dupuytren’s contracture?

The precise cause of a Dupuytren’s contracture is not known. However, it is known that it occurs more frequently in patients with diabetes mellitus, seizure disorders (epilepsy), and alcoholism. A Dupuytren’s contracture can be inherited.

How is Dupuytren’s contracture progresses?

Dupuytren’s contracture typically progresses slowly, over years. The condition usually begins as a thickening of the skin on the palm of your hand. As it progresses, the skin on your palm might appear puckered or dimpled.