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About Dupuytren’s Disease

If you have bumps in your palm, you might have Dupuytren disease. The bumps are from tissue thickening under the skin. Sometimes this thickening limits the ability to straighten your fingers. Most of the time it just causes bumps, and you can still straighten your fingers.

Dupuytren disease is more common in people with British or Northern European heritage. Scientists have yet to determine when Dupuytren disease will cause an inability to straighten fingers or how to prevent or delay the process.

Dupuytren’s Disease Treatment at UT Health Austin

Our goal is to help increase your confidence and help you keep to your routine. Our team will assess your bumps and work with you on managing the condition.

If you can’t straighten your finger, there are some treatment options. Sometimes the problem can be addressed by anesthetizing the skin and poking the tight area repeatedly with a needle until it gives way, allowing the finger to straighten a bit more. With this needling procedure, there is no skin incision to heal, although sometimes the skin tears open a bit when the finger straightens. There is some swelling, bruising, and soreness that goes away over a few weeks.

If the disease does not respond to needling, we can perform outpatient surgery under local anesthesia in our office operating room.

About the Musculoskeletal Institute

The Musculoskeletal Institute at UT Health Austin works to improve the overall health of every patient. Whether you are suffering from chronic joint pain or an injury, our doctor-led care teams work to find treatment goals to fit your lifestyle. We understand that improving your quality of life is important to you, which is why our team will work with you to personalize your treatment plan. For some patients, your goal may be to set a personal record when you run your next marathon. For others, it may be to comfortably play with your grandkids at the park. Whatever your goals, we’ll work with you to achieve them.