Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that affects the hands and fingers. It causes one or more fingers to bend into the palm of the hand. It can affect one or both hands and it can sometimes affect the thumb.
Dupuytren's contracture occurs when the connective tissue in the palm thickens. Often the tissue thickens in one small area first and a “nodule” forms (a small, hard lump about 0.5-1cm) under the skin of the palm. The nodule sometimes feels tender to begin with, but this usually passes.
The nodules are non-cancerous (benign) and the condition is not life-threatening for those who develop it, although it can be a nuisance to live with.
Over time, the nodules can extend and form cords of tissue. These cords can shorten (contract) and, if the cords run along a finger or thumb, they can pull it so it becomes bent towards the palm. These contractures are often mild and painless, but they can get steadily worse over time.
Sometimes, the term Dupuytren’s disease (palmar fibromatosis) is used instead of Dupuytren’s contracture, because not everyone with the condition will develop contractures.
I was in work first thing but left in good time as the M56 has a new lot of roadworks near Mcr airport. I had the car loaded up with computer equipment for returning to our head office at Knutsford. As promised I stopped off and got some more lineside shots of the airport line on its first fare paying passenger day, the weather was mainly sunny but chilly, I could stand a dose of that next week in Malta.
My knee has been terrible for these last two days and hardly seemed to go down last night, I can't risk anything too heavy duty like diazapan tonight as Mandy takes me to the airport very early tomorrow, the flights at 7am, I'm up at Aberdeen for a meeting, I've declined lifts as it's easy to get an all day bus ticket from the airport and the bus station is just a short hop from the venue down by the docks.
I'm just finishing the Metrolink DVD and will have the Lincoln Running day ready either tonight or Wednesday, I don't get back tomorrow until late evening. Photos from todays Metrolink first fare paying passenger day.
And lastly congratulations to our friend Albert in Barcelona who is now a grand father!