Dupuytren Contracture Pictures

Dupuytren contracture pictures show lumps in the palm and cords  

Dupuytren contracture pictures are a very important part in the education of anyone who wants to know about this terrible hand deformity problem that is characterized by nodules or lumps on palms and one or more  contractures of fingers.  Understandably, in the early stages of Dupuytrens contracture any person is very worried about the many small – and sometimes large – changes in the hand.  Not knowing about a problem is often the worse part of a condition like this.  The Internet is used as a fast and ready source of Dupuytren disease pictures.  With this in mind, it might be a good idea for the reader to mark this website as a favorite page so that it can be used as a reference for information and support.

The gallery of Dupuytren’s contracture pictures that follow can be used for general knowledge about the disease process, for comparison to what the reader might be experiencing, or just to see how bad the hand distortion can become.

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These pictures of Dupuytren contracture are presented for your general education.  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, they are offered to encourage you to seek prompt medical attention and a doctor’s opinion about your problem.  Hopefully, after viewing these Dupuytren pictures you will feel perhaps relieved you are not so bad off in comparison to other people’s situation.

Please understand that the greatest aspect of this problem is not the appearance of the hand, but how the limited movement and restricted activities reduce the ability of the person to live a full and comfortable life.

Before viewing these pictures of Dupuytrens disease it would be a good idea to review some of the basic information about this process.  It is important that you keep in mind a basic understanding of the anatomy of the hand, and how the presence of fibrous tissue thickening can result in a lump on the palm of the hand that eventually can severely limit the use of the hand.

What is Dupuytren’s contracture?

Dupuytren’s contracture is a painless thickening and shortening of fibrous tissue beneath the skin on the palm of the hand and fingers.  When this contracture is progressive, it may result in a deformity so significant that there is loss of normal use and mobility of the hand and fingers.   This reduced mobility causes  the fingers to bend or flex toward the palm and not be able to straighten out.

Cause of lump on palm of hand

The cause of Dupuytrens contracture is unknown, but minor trauma and genetic factors appear to play a role.  One or both hands may be affected, and the ring finger is affected most often, followed in frequency by the little, middle, and index fingers.

Progression of Dupuytren contracture

A small, painless nodule or thickening of tissue usually slowly develops in the connective tissue of the palm.  Eventually it develops into a cord-like band that makes extension of the fingers difficult to impossible in the advanced stage of the disease.

Risk factors

Dupuytren contracture occurs more often after the age of 40, and men are affected more often than women.   people of northern European and Scandinavian ancestry are more likely to develop DC than other groups.  Statistical risk factors, which are thought to be related from a metabolic standpoint, are alcoholism, diabetes, liver disease, and pulmonary tuberculosis, as well as treatment for epilepsy.

Dupuytren symptoms

● Painless (usually) nodule or lump in the palm, developing into a cord-like band
● Thickening and deepening of the lines in the palms of the hands
● Extending the fingers is difficult – most often the 4th and 5th fingers curl up and are unable to be easily straightened, preventing the open hand from laying flat on a tabletop

Signs and tests

A physical examination of the palm by palpation (or touch) confirms the presence of thickened scar tissue and characteristic contracture.  Restriction of of full finger(s) range of motion is most common.

Prognosis or outcome

The disorder progresses at an unpredictable and variable rate; sometimes taking only a few months and other times taking almost a decade to develop fully.  Surgical treatment can usually restore normal movement to the finger, but the disease will recur following surgery in a significantly high number of cases.

Complications of Dupuytren surgery

● Deformity of the hand
● Loss of hand function due to contracture
● Risk of injury to blood vessels and nerves during surgery
● Frequent recurrence or redevelopment of Dupuytren contracture after surgery

Dupuytrens Contracture Pictures: Education and Wake-Up Call

Hopefully, these Dupuytren’s pictures will be helpful to understand this problem.  Perhaps they can motivate you see your medical doctor, and then get busy with aggressive use of multiple conservative measures to improve your changes for self-recovery.  Please review the section, Dupuytrens Treatment, to determine how to incorporate the aggressive use of multiple conservative measures to treat the fibrous thickening.

Please let DCI know if this section of the website is helpful to you, and feel free to contribute your own Dupuytren contracture picture to DCI for inclusion on this page.

Picture of Dupuytren disease showing palmar nodoule or plam lump and pitting at base of 4th digit (ring finger) casused by collagen buildup below skin of palm






Dupuytren disease, left hand, well-defined cord of 4th digit (ring finger) causing flexion contracture

Dupuytren disease of 5th digit right hand, flexion contracture caused by palmar cord






Bump on palm of hand and contractures of fingers related to Dupuytren contracutre

Dupuytren's contracture of left hand, prominent palm lump or nodule, no apparent finger flexion contracture


Dupuytren contracture picture showing 4th and 5th finger, pinky and ring finger, contracture toward palm


Dupuytrens contracture photos demonstrating lumps on palms, fascial shortening,puckering, dimpling and thickening in the palm, with variable flexion deformity
of one or more fingers

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Dupuytren's contracture of 4th digit, ring finger, of man with history of hand trauma and genetic predisposition














Dupuytren's contracture of right hand, uncomon 3rd digit, middle finger, palmar cord deve



Dupuytren's contracture of left hand, ring fnger, 4th digit, palm lump or nodule well developed






Dupuytren's contracture, left hand, cord development with moderate finger contracture of ring finger

Dupuytren's disease, right hand, palm nodule or bump plus cord development at base of ring finger (4th digit)

7 thoughts on “Dupuytren Contracture Pictures

  1. Dan Korte says:

    I have had DC surgery on both of my hands in the past 6 mos. On my right hand just over a week ago, 2/19/2019 and still have the stitches.
    Thanks for the information as I found this interesting.

  2. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Dan,

    Thanks of the comment. Please come back in a year or so and let us know how you are doing. There are many who are interested in outcomes of Dupuytren’s surgery. TRH

  3. Susan says:

    I have two lumps that have appeared over nine months ago in the palm of my left hand, my middle finger and ring finger are becoming more painful. My rheumatologist has told me its to do with having RA, not Dupuytren’s contracture. I was thinking of seeing my hand specialist, I also have had for over two years a frozen left shoulder with CRPS in it. Is there a connection? Will also the lumps get smaller?

  4. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Susan,

    You ask some good questions. There are several possible problems going on concurrently, so this makes it more difficult to unravel each of them and to identify which might be more primary and those that might be secondary issue.

    Obvioiusly your rheumatologist should know what he/she is talking about in regard to your RA. But Dupuytren’s contracture might be not well known to him/her. I suggest seeing that hand specialist for a second opinion. Good luck TRH

  5. Rick Huber says:

    Had Dupuytren’s contracture surgery on right pinky. Two weeks later he wanted to graph finger and failed. Does any surgeon really know this disease? All plastic surgeons will give it a try but know very little, it appears. First surgeon jumped into cutting, then graph it. It would maybe bleed out he said. He did a graph, but it failed. Since then I have seen 4 Drs. Basically life with it now, the pinky is numb and bent at distal end of finger.

    I worked in operating rooms for 21 years. I have pictures of the finger every two days after surgery. I’ve seen 6 to 8 surgeries a DAY, five days a week. More than most Drs. Give me a Drs. name that does two a week and attends lectures and has devoted his time to this disease.

    My friend Dr. Ashworth, who has passed away, he would not touch anyone with Dupuytren’s contracture unless the tip of the finger was on the palm of your hand. With the back of his hand he would tell you go elsewhere. He pulled a tumor on inside finger. Try to find a scar. He had devotion to be excellent. He remembered his oath.

  6. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Rick,

    Thanks for your excellent and insightful comments. Sounds like you have seen the dark side of the business of surgery in your time. I hope it makes a few people stop and pause before jumping into hand surgery.

    Sorry to hear that your Dupuytren’s contracture surgery did not go well.

    From my perspective, and just as you say, there are many surgeons who do Dupuytren’s surgery, but few who are great at it. DC is a difficult problem, and a complex operation to perform. The skill of the surgeon must be high for best results. Yet, few have devoted themselves to this level of skill. Hence, many outcomes are poor. The average person with DC has no idea what they are getting themselves into when they have that first surgery.

    I suggest you consider the DCI approach to simple therapy to see how much change in scar remodeling might happen for you. It is worth a try. Even a small amount of tissue reduction can make a big difference to how much pain and numbness you have. TRH

  7. Susan says:

    Thank you for your reply. I have been to see my hand surgeon who has confirmed I have Dupuytren’s Contracture in both hands and feels at the moment it’s mild but should a finger start to bend then surgery is a option. He feels that with all my ongoing issues, ie the CRPS in the shoulder and foot plus RA that treatment at this time would not really help. He did say that the shoulder issues could also have a bearing on my hand that have the nodules and I also have a large tendon swelling on the base of the foot running from the toe next to my small toe that also has CRPS.
    It’s funny that almost all I have read is men normally get it more than women, but I came from England and my father has it…..
    Thank you for your time.

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