The condition most often affects the ring and pinky fingers.
Over time, Dupuytren's contracture can cause one or more fingers to stay bent toward the palm. This can complicate everyday activities, such as placing hands in pockets or shaking hands.
Treatment, if needed, includes using a needle to break the tissue that's keeping the finger bent, enzyme injections to soften the tissue, and surgery.

A gradual thickening and tightening of tissue under the skin in the hand.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 200,000 US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Usually self-diagnosable

Lab tests or imaging not required

Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

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