Lump in Palm

What could lump on palm of hand be?

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Dupuytren contracture is condition of unknown cause and origin in which the thin tissue under the skin (fascia) of the palm becomes thicker than normal, with a lump on the palm of hand and sometimes cords that make it difficult or impossible to extend one or more fingers.

Well, first of all, there are about 12 health problems that can explain why an unexplained palm lump (lump in the palm of the hand) would appear for most people.  Some conditions are more common than others, but by far the most common is Dupuytren contracture.

Conditions that cause a palm lump or nodule on palm of the hand:

  • Callus formation – local or generalized skin thickening generally due to manual labor
  • Fracture – broken bone of the hand protrudes toward palm
  • Ganglion – localized swelling of soft tissue around a joint as a result of strenuous activity (weight lifter, waiter, guitarist, brick layer), repetitive use of a joint, heavy and frequent vibration,  rheumatoid arthritis or synovitis
  • Hematoma – a localized collection of blood under the skin, usually clotted, as a result of local injury
  • Hand injury – trauma to the hand that causes inflammation and swelling, either recent or old Infection – a localized collection of red blood cells, white blood cells and fluid related to the immune response to the presence of bacteria or virus, caused swelling, pain, heat, etc.
  • Leprosy – an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae, characterized by disfiguring skin sores, nerve damage, and progressive debilitation, with a very long incubation time making it difficult to determine when and how it was contracted
  • Malignancy – refers to a collection of cancerous cells that have the ability to spread to other sites in the body (metastasize) or to invade and destroy tissues, tending to have fast, uncontrolled growth due to changes in their genetic makeup; types are  basal cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma
  • Malunion of fracture – a chronic condition of a fracture that did not heal during the time in which healing would normally take place, and now consists of two or more bone broken end-pieces that are incapable of normal union Osteoarthritis – degenerative joint disease involving the cartilage of the body as an ongoing, progressive disease that causes the joints to break down over time
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease of various joints of the body that presents as an ongoing, progressive disease with episodes of painful inflammation
  • Scar tissue – a lingering mark left on the skin after a surface injury, formed during  wound healing
  • Dupuytren contracture – non-cancerous thickening of the fascia under the palm, of undetermined cause, resulting in eventual flexion contracture of the tissue of one or more fingers

When you visit your medical doctor to determine the cause of the lump in the palm of the hand, this is the list of possible causes that will be considered.

Since there is no known cause and no standard medical treatment for the lump in the palm of the hand associated with Dupuytren contracture, it is generally considered a reasonable option to attempt to assist a natural recovery using Alternative Medicine methods for Dupuytren treatment.  This is explained in great detail at natural Dupuytren treatment.

8 thoughts on “Lump in Palm

  1. Kenneth clark says:

    I’ve a lump in my palm been there 2 years now causing pain in shoulder like a knife when i pick stuff up I think I may have a piece of metal in it I’ve been to to doctor one x-ray shows something maybe guitar string I hit guitar with hand hard saw it swell up and every time I go to see their specialist he says they don’t take Medicare or Molina so I don’t know what to do.

  2. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Kenneth,

    Even though this is not a question about Dupuytren’s contracture, you deserve a reply.

    You are correct to see a hand specialist because any hand procedure can be complicated; don’t just see the guy down the street. Start saving up your money until you get a little pile built up. Talk to the doctor directly, not his receptionist. Tell him your financial problems right now, show some courtesy, tell him about the cash you have (doctors like cash) you put together just for this purpose, and ask for a discount. I think you will be surprised. Good luck, sir. TRH

  3. Nancy Parker says:

    I am a 59 yr old female, I notice my hands having a droopy dropped fingers. It started in my right thumb. Then all others drooped along with time. After about 6 months, the feeling came back, all fingers regained its strength back to normal.
    Then it started in my left hand, which after about 5 months I notice the lump in my palm in between the middle and ring finger. Now although the lump is there, my fingers are straight back to normal… I do feel blessed to have this condition and my hands are back to normal.
    I do believe it stems from nerve damage, 4yrs in Electric Scooter. My condition seems to be improved some, so God is Great. Amen!

  4. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Nancy,

    Yes, God is great, indeed.

    Dupuytren’s contracture is typically not associated with loss of feeling or weakness of the hands or fingers. I am not sure what you mean by “having a droopy dropped fingers,” since people with Dupuytren’s contracture do not use those terms to describe what is going on with themselves. Regardless, I am happy for you that your hands are doing better. Stay well. TRH

  5. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Sushil,

    I want to help you with your Dupuytren’s contracture, but the phone number you gave is wrong in two different ways. There is no area code 738, and you are missing a number.

    Please send a good phone number and I will call you. TRH

  6. irene Burton says:

    I am female age 74. with some arthritis.. I have now 3 small hard lumps on the palm of my hand , just above the lifeline crease,, Also just below the life line{first crease on palm under fingers} is amuch longer lump, which resembles a bloodless is soft..,I dont do anything that is remotely strenuous.. , which eliminates callouses..Any suggestions would help

  7. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Irene,

    It would be improper for me to suggest that you have Dupuytren’s contracture, based on what you have written. However, based on what you have written, it sounds very much like that is exactly what is going on with your hand. If you have a direct family history of Dupuytren’s contracture, that would likely assure that is the case. However, anything is possible, and I could be wrong. If you need confirmation of this, please see your family doctor.

    People with a genetic predisposition to DC do not need to engage in heavy manual work; they can develop palm lumps and finger contracture with little, if any, provocation.

    my suggestion is to review the information on this website for steps in trying to encourage and support natural self-healing of early stage Dupuytren’s contracture. The large plan is always the best route to take since it provides the broadest help for healing. Please let me know if you have any questions. TRH

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