Dupuytren's contracture is a fixed flexion contracture of the hand due to a palmar fibromatosis, where the fingers bend towards the palm and cannot be fully extended.
It is an inherited proliferative connective tissue disorder that involves the hand's palmar fascia. It is named after Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, the surgeon who described an operation to correct the affliction in the Lancet in 1831. The ring finger and little finger are the fingers most commonly affected.
Treatment involves one or more different types of treatment with some hands needing repeated treatment.The main categories listed by the International Dupuytren Society in order of stage of disease are Radiation Therapy, Needle Aponeurotomy (NA), Collagenase Injection (Xiaflex) and Hand Surgery.