Dupuytren’s contracture

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Dupuytrens contracture is the name given to a condition in which part of the palm of the hand, known as the palmar fascia, thickens and contracts over time resulting in shortening of the tendon. The exact cause of Dupuytrens contracture is unknown but it commonly occurs in individuals who suffers with systemic conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy or excessive alcohol intake. There is also a strong genetic association to developing the disease which is most prevalent in men between the ages of 40-60.