chapter  43
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Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s disease (DD) is a fixed flexion contracture deform-

ity of the fingers that can cause progressive loss of hand

function. It was first described by Felix Plater of Basel in 1614

(1). Henry Cline, from London, in 1777 was the first to recognize

the role of the palmar fascia. However, in these early times

confusion still existed as to whether the flexor tendons, their

sheaths, or the palmar fascia were responsible for the finger

contractures. Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, in France, in 1831 (2)

correctly described the pathologic anatomy and performed

surgery to correct the condition. Thus, the disorder now bears

his name.