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Palmar Skin

Palmar skin is attached to a sheet of tissue called the palmar fascia that underlies it by septa. This connection serves to help stabilize the skin, making the palms better suited for grasping various objects. Sometimes, however, the palmar fascia thickens, resulting in a condition known as Dupuytren’s disease. Symptoms of the condition include the appearance of nodules and pits in the skin of the palms, as well as a general thickening of the integument. In severe cases, thickened cord-like structures may also occur and extend into the fingers. Such changes in the hands may cause the fingers to turn inwards toward the palm. Though pain from the disease is unusual, it may limit the range of motion of the hands and fingers, worsening the longer the condition is left untreated.

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