Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hand, Elbow & Upper Extremity

Signs & Symptoms

The first sign is a thickening or nodule in the palm of the hand that most frequently develops near the base of the ring or little finger. The nodule, which can resemble a callus, may be tender to the touch. Gradually, other nodules may develop and extend a contracture across the first joint into the finger. The overlying skin begins to pucker, and rough cords of tissue extend into the finger. As the process continues, these cords tighten and pull the finger in toward the palm. The ring finger is usually affected first, followed by the little, long and index fingers. The problem is not pain, but the restriction of motion and the deformity it causes.