The thickened fascia may first appear to be one or numerous hard bumps under the skin of the palm. The affected individual will be able to both see and feel these bumps. The tissue continues to shorten and thicken, eventually becoming several tight bands known as cords. These cords pull on the affected area, and the attached fingers begin to curl towards the palm. When Dupuytren's contracture has fully matured, it may be impossible to move or extend those fingers. While some people feel pain, the condition more commonly causes aching or itching.
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