One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A condition in which there is fixed forward curvature of one or more fingers, caused by the development of a fibrous connection between the finger tendons and the skin of the palm.
- ‘These include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, Dupuytren's contracture, frozen shoulder, spondylosis of the neck and cramp of the hand (writer's cramp).’
- ‘She was immediately attracted by the texture of his skin, and by his ‘elegant, long, aristocratic’ hands, which were later deformed by Dupuytren's disease.’
- ‘This in turn forms a abnormal thickening of the diseased fascia, which forms a band, cord or pit and is known as Dupuytren's contracture.’
- ‘Skin defects in the palm are often left to heal by secondary intention after surgery for Dupuytren's disease, with excellent results.’
- ‘Each of us has several genetic or other abnormalities: I, for example, have Dupuytren's contracture.’
Late 19th century: named after Baron Guillaume Dupuytren (1777–1835), the French surgeon who first described the condition.
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