Dupuytrens Contracture


  • A painful nodule in the palm/digit
  • A palpable cord on the finger/thumb usually across a joint or two joints
  • A contracture of the finger/thumb
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  • None if mild
  • If significant you may be suitable for an injection which will dissolve the cord or nodule
  • If significant but not suitable for an injection you may be offered to have the affected area divided/cut or excised altogether under general anaesthetic. If you contracture is bad enough or you have had surgery before you may require a skin graft

After Care

  • No exercise for 48 hours
  • Leave your dressings dry and intact until you return to clinic
  • If you shower keep the hand and arm above the level of the shoulder out of the water
  • Take simple over the counter pain relief like Paracetamol or Nurofen for 48 hours or more for any discomfort
  • No driving until you are seen in clinic
Different types of Sutures and Stitches Diagram