If you have progressive bending of your fingers or rope-like cords in your palm you may have Dupuytren’s disease. Initially, Dupuytren’s disease may present as painless lumps in the palm or dimpling of the skin which is called pitting. Eventually, cords may develop which progressively tighten, pulling the finger into the palm.
What Causes It and Who Can Get It?
The cause of Dupuytren’s disease is unknown. Often times it runs in the family and has a high prevalence in those with ancestors form northern Europe. This association has Dupuytren’s disease frequently being called the Viking’s disease. It is more common in men than women and usually presents in those over the age of 50 years old.