What is Palmar fibromatosis (Dupuytren contracture)?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Guy J Petruzzelli, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Palmar fibromatosis (PF) is a relatively common contracture of the palmar fascia, extending into the fingers, usually affecting the fourth and fifth digits. [58]  Contracture upon flexion of the fingers at the metacarpophalangeal and proximal interphalangeal joints characterize Dupuytren contracture (DC). PF usually appears after the fifth decade of life, affecting more men than women. It is predominantly found in patients of northern European descent and is often informally termed "Viking Disease." 


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