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Dupuytren's contracture Syllabification: Du·puy·tren's con·trac·ture
Pronunciation: /dəˈpwētrənz kənˌtrakCHər/
(also Dupuytren's disease)

Definition of Dupuytren's contracture in English:


A condition in which there is fixed forward curvature of one or more fingers, caused by the development of a fibrous connection between the finger tendons and the skin of the palm.
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  • These include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, Dupuytren's contracture, frozen shoulder, spondylosis of the neck and cramp of the hand (writer's cramp).
  • Skin defects in the palm are often left to heal by secondary intention after surgery for Dupuytren's disease, with excellent results.
  • She was immediately attracted by the texture of his skin, and by his ‘elegant, long, aristocratic’ hands, which were later deformed by Dupuytren's disease.


Late 19th century: named after Baron Guillaume Dupuytren (1777–1835), the French surgeon who first described the condition.

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