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Does rheumatoid arthritis always cause visible swelling in the hands?

Does rheumatoid arthritis always cause visible swelling in the hands?

No: While rheumatoid arthritis often affects the hands and feet it is not uniform. So people never get hand disease. For som hand join or tendon swelling is the presenting symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Can rheumatoid arthritis always cause visible swelling in the fingers?

Can rheumatoid arthritis always cause visible swelling in the fingers?

Not always: In some patients the hands can be spared. In some cases of ra, only one joint can be involved (usually a knee). ...Read more

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Does visible swelling in the fingers always accompany rheumatoid arthritis?

Does visible swelling in the fingers always accompany rheumatoid arthritis?

Most people with RA: Joint swelling of the fingers is seen early in the course of RA in the majority of patients. The knuckles are tender to the touch and there is soft tissue swelling around the knuckles causing limited motion and stiffness. This can progess to puffy swelling of the whole hand. Warm compresses and simple hand exercises can reduce swelling. Isotoner gloves worn overnight reduce swelling. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have no swelling in their joints to have rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: While rheumatoid arthritis is usually associated with joint swelling, multiple areas of joint pain is the most common symptom. Early stages may not be associated with much swelling. I would recommend you see your primary care physician if they are comfortable or a rheumatologist for further evaluation. Usually involves labs to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis and/or other inflammatory arthritides. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more