Dupuytren's Disease - Symptoms
Dupuytren's disease usually does not cause pain. When pain does occur, it often is
early in the disease or may happen if inflammation develops (tenosynovitis).
The first noticeable symptoms of Dupuytren's disease may
- A small knot that may be visible or felt on the
palm, usually near the base of your ring or small fingers. The knot is
sometimes sensitive to pressure. And it may gradually thicken and begin to pull
one or more of your fingers toward the palm.
- Dimpling that appears
on the skin of your palm when the diseased tissue between the skin and tendons
(palmar fascia) pulls on the skin.
As the disease progresses, a fibrous, ropey cord may
gradually develop in the palmar fascia and connect your palm to one or more
fingers, usually the ring or small finger. The cord pulls your finger toward
the palm, which is called
Dupuytren's contracture . Eventually you will not be
able to flatten your palm on an even surface, such as a table. When it is
severe, Dupuytren's contracture can make certain everyday activities-such as
picking up items, putting on gloves, or washing your hands-difficult or
Other conditions that may cause
symptoms similar to those caused by Dupuytren's disease include rheumatoid
arthritis and work-related injuries.