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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Please feel free to contribute your own Dupuytren contracture pictures to DCI for inclusion on this page.

picture of Picture of Dupuytren contracture of left hand, showing well developed palm lump and pit formation with moderate ring finger flexion


picture of Picture of Dupuytren contracture of left hand, showing cord and advanced flexion of ring finger








Picture of Dupuytren lumps or nodules at base of 2nd and 3rd fingers of left hand






Dupuytren cord and little finger contracture of left hand, clearly defined on palmPicture of Dupuytrens, right hand with palm lump at base of pinky fingerPicture of Dupuytren lump on palm of right hand with slight flexion of middle finger







Dupuytren contracture picture, lump on palm of right hand, deep dimples and thickeningPicture of bilateral Dupuytren's contracture, clearly showing cords and riing finger contracture worse on the left hand







Dupuytren's contracture photo, left hand, well developed nodule or lump on palm and moderate finger flexionPicture of Dupuytren disease, multiple lumps on palms of both hand











4 thoughts on “What does Dupuytren’s contracture look like?

  1. 88TRH88 says:

    Greetings Bob,

    The Dupuytren’s Contracture Institute has been around since 2002. We started with a pretty good treatment idea, because it was not complicated. We thought it made sense to support the ability of the body to heal and repair Dupuytren’s contracture with a wide variety of overwhelming therapies to make self-recovery as easy as possible.

    Since 2002 we have improved the therapy approach in several ways, and the results have gotten better. Currently, we get 8-10 reports of moderate to marked improvement of Dupuytren’s contracture, when our methods are closely followed, for every one report of failure. All you have to do is to look at the home page and get a treatment plan that suits your situation. Here is a good page to start reading, Start Dupuytren’s Treatment. TRH

  2. Nola says:

    Hi. My name is Nola. I am looking up Dupuytren’s contracture as someone suggested it’s what I have. But mine is my thumb. I see nothing about thumbs on the website. Does Dupuytren’s contracture affect thumbs?

  3. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Nola,

    It is not usual for Dupuytren’s contracture to only affect the thumb. Most commonly Dupuytren’s contracture affects — in this order — the ring finger, little finger, and middle finger. Often, more than one finger is affected. Usually both hands eventually fall victim to Dupuytren’s contracture. Rarely is the thumb affected, but when it is in older or more advanced cases of DC. Never — to my experience — is the thumb the only finger affected; I have only heard of the thumb being included when other fingers are affected. That is not to say you are not the rare exception.

    These fibromatosis conditions, of which Dupuytren’s contracture is the one that appears on the palm of the hand, are famous for being variable from one person to another and very difficult to treat. Peyronie’s disease is a fibromatosis condition that affects the penis, and Ledderhose disease is also a fibromatosis problem that appears on the sole of the foot. For all the fibromatosis problems there are differences and variables which make them difficult to track and predict.

    Please have your hand evaluated by a hand surgeon, or an orthopedic surgeon, who is highly experienced in Dupuytren’s contracture. This is not a problem you want to take lightly, or assume your GP can handle it well.

    If your thumb problem turns out to be DC, please consider using natural treatment. When people faithfully use the large DCI treatment protocol, 8-10 report moderate to marked reduction of their Dupuytren’s contracture for each report of failure. Very good results, with never any risk of side effects as often occur with surgery and Xiaflex injections. TRH

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