Dupuytren’s contracture can cause the fingers to become permanently bent toward the palm. This condition primarily affects men’s ring, pinky, and middle fingers, and generally the right hand rather than the left, unrelated to hand dominance. When women are affected by Dupuytren's contracture, it usually appears much later in life and is less severe. The exact cause of Dupuytren's contracture is unknown, though it is assumed to be genetic.
The human body has fibrous connective tissues known as fascia, which is similar to tendons, except instead of connecting muscle to bone, it surrounds muscles and most other structures, providing flexibility and strength. Dupuytren’s contracture occurs when the fibrous bands of fascia responsible for grip strength, the palmar fascia, begin to thicken and shorten.
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