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A 54-year-old female asked about a female:

Hello, my mom has bad swelling at bone joint by base of thumb of side of wrist above thumb. also bad swelling & pain of middle finger. is this osteo?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
It may be: It may be but we can not tell you what it is .It needs to be examined and probably xrayed as well to know what it is. So take your mom to the doctors and have it examined to find out what exactly it is .Just because it is swollen is not enough to make diagnosis of osteoarthritis.
Dr. Steven Heath
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Osteoarthritis of : This is the most common site for osteoarthritis another possibility is a ganglion cyst if there is any give to it.
Dr. Michael Kulick
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Sounds like it: Swelling at the base of the thumb is most often associated with cmc arthritis. A cyst can cause such a problem but it is unlikely. Treatment could include a steroid injection or if advanced an arthroplasty.
Dr. Louise Andrew
A Verified Doctoranswered
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Probably: So we are all thinking of osteoARTHRITIS of the thumb and fingers, though you didn't list your Mom's age. This is certainly the most likely. She can continue with the Acetaminophen, add some Ibuprofen or Naproxen if she can tolerate it, wear a brace on the hand and apply heat to finger and thumb when painful. But she will need to be seen to get a real diagnosis.
Last updated Nov 21, 2019

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