Dupuytren's Disease (cont.)
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Dupuytren's disease is often not noticed until it becomes severe. The tissue between your skin and tendons, known as the palmar fascia, becomes abnormally thick and fibrous. It is not yet clear what causes this thickening.
There are three general phases of the disease:
The disease usually progresses slowly. It most often occurs after age 50. Many people have a mild form that does not cause significant problems. But a rare form called Dupuytren's diathesis occurs at an early age and progresses rapidly.
Dupuytren's disease often develops in both hands of people with the condition, and it most commonly affects the ring and small fingers.
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