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I have rhematoid arthritis. xray of my hands shows mild periarticular osteopenia and bilateral reduced proximal ip & mcp joints. what does that mean?

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RA: Forget about "mild periarticular osteopenia" - doesn't mean much. However rheumatoid arthritis needs good care from your rheumatologist.

Answered 6/10/2017

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Typical X-ray. : These are typical changes from rheumatoid arthritis. The IP (?PIP) and MCP loss are signs that you are developing joint damage. If you have not been started on treatment you should see a rheumatologist. You should be on methotrexate or another disease modifying mecication to prevent further damage.

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