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Dupuytren's contracture surgery. Close-up of the bandaged hand of an 85-year-old man after surgery to correct a case of Dupuytren's contracture. This condition causes one or more fingers to become fixed in a bent position. Dupuytren's contracture occurs when tissue in the palm of the hand thickens and shortens, preventing the tendons attached to the fingers from moving freely. Surgery attempts to free the tendons, but does not always work.
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