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Published on Sep 9, 2015
Dupuytren's disease is characterized by the retraction in flexion of one or more fingers, making the affected finger's extension nearly impossible. The condition is given by a thickening (fibrosis with contraction) of the palmar aponeurosis, of unknown etiology. It is manifested by the appearance of specific changes in the hands (palmar nodules, clamps, cords, local umbilication of the skin, retractions of fingers). It does not produce pain in the fingers or hand. It can affect one or both hands, and one or more fingers. It occurs more often in over 40 years old males. The surgical treatment consists in removing the affected portion of the aponeurosis (removal of the bridle), wich gives improved position and function of the affected fingers.