Dupuytren’s Contracture

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our specialists are among the first to use therapies such as Xiaflex, in addition to surgery.
  • With decades of experience, we can help each patient determine the best treatment for his or her unique case.
  • Our physicians are also researchers refining treatments to improve hand function and quality of life.

Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive disorder that starts gradually, with small, tender lumps in the palm of the hand. Over time, fingers (usually the ring and/or small fingers) are drawn  into a bent position. As Dupuytren’s worsens, people find it difficult to perform such routine activities as washing their hands or grasping large objects.

Dupuytren’s has no cure, but Yale Medicine offers several effective treatments that can improve hand function significantly. Carrie Swigart, MD, an associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine Medicine, has been treating Duputren's for decades. She was one of the first surgeons in Connecticut to use Xiaflex, a treatment given by injection that is still not widely available in many hospitals.