What does Dupuytren’s contracture look like?
Pictures of Dupuytren’s contracture show lumps in the palm, cords and fingers deformity
Before displaying several Dupuytren contracture pictures it might be helpful to explain that there are two primary lesions associated with this problem.
- Dupuytren nodule or lump on the palm surface – This often looks like a callus on the palm or melted wax on the palm surface, usually located at the base of the 4th (ring) or 5th (pinky) fingers. The skin is often dimpled or depressed along with a slightly raised surface, and will often appear to be a slightly darker color due to the thickening of the tissue that is taking place, similar to a callus. As the condition progresses you will probably notice the palm lump having more clearly defined edges, deeper depressions or dimples, and thicker over time.
- Dupuytren cord below the palm surface – You will not directly see the cord since it is below the surface of the skin. A cord raises the skin surface like one of the larger ligaments that you notice standing out and pushing the skin up, on the inside surface of your wrist or the bend of your elbow, when you make a fist or lift something heavy. A cord will be found extending from the upper palm at one end to the base of the finger at the other end. As the condition progresses you will probably notice the cord getting thicker and more pronounced over time.
In addition to the appearance of the skin related to Dupuytren’s contracture, there is also the condition of the finger flexion that is part of the visual image that is important. As the contractures continue to thicken and shorten the involved fingers begin to flex down toward the palm. Over time those fingers will slowly and progressively become bent, unable to straighten completely, and will be somewhat claw-like in appearance.
These Dupuytren’s disease pictures that follow should be used only for general knowledge, to compare or confirm what the reader might be experiencing, or just to see how severe the finger contracture and hand deformity can develop. In the early stages of Dupuytrens contracture everyone feels worried about the small – and sometimes large – changes in the appearance of the hand. Not knowing about a problem and how bad it can become can be the worse part of a condition like this.
No picture of Dupuytren contracture will look exactly like what you might be experiencing. Therefore, they are not intended to assist in making a diagnosis of Dupuytren’s contracture. If you have not yet visited your doctor to have your hand lumps examined, allow these Dupuytren pictures to motivate you to seek prompt medical attention and a doctor’s opinion about your problem. Perhaps after studying these Dupuytren images you will feel relieved you are not so bad off in comparison to other people’s situation.
Hopefully, these Dupuytren’s pictures will be helpful to understand what this problem can look like, motivate you to get a thorough medical evaluation, and then get busy following an aggressive Alternative Medicine therapy plan to improve your changes for self-recovery to overcome your problem. Click on Dupuytrens Treatment, to determine how to incorporate the aggressive use of multiple conservative measures to treat the fibrous thickening you might be experiencing.
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