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Doctor insights on: Rheumatic Nodule Thumb

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What cause nodules on thumbs?

What cause nodules on thumbs?

Couple of things: Somewhat common is a ganglion cyst (small collection of concentrated joint fluid). Gouty tophus, or maybe a bone/cartilage cyst, or bone spur can form "nodules" on the thumb area. If it is bothersome to you, i suggest getting evaluated.
Good luck. ...Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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I'm having pain and a bump nodule thing in my thumb. I am thinking its a blood clot. What should I do? Is it dangerous?

I'm having pain and a bump nodule thing in my thumb. I am thinking its a blood clot. What should I do? Is it dangerous?

Cyst: I would think it is more likely to be a small cyst, either coming off a joint or along a tendon. Not very likely to clot or feel a clot there. Get it evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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A hard @1/8 inch nodule has formed under the skin near the middle joint of my thumb. It does not hurt. Do i need to see a doctor?

A hard @1/8 inch nodule has formed under the skin near the middle joint of my thumb.  It does not hurt.  Do i need to see a doctor?

Myxoid Cyst: A digital myxoid cyst (sometimes called a mucous cyst) is an entirely benign swelling that occurs on the fingers or, sometimes, the toes. Digital myxoid cysts are not catching and not a sign of infection. Furthermore, they are not cancerous and will not develop into skin cancer.
The term cyst is from the greek kystis meaning a bag or pouch; myxoid and mucoid refer to the jelly-like contents. ...Read more

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Why do I have tiny nodules in the palm of my hand?

Why do I have tiny nodules in the palm of my hand?

Knots , nodules palm: Knots or nodules in the palm associated with cords or tight bands in the palm that contribute to contracture or tightness in the fingers could be dupuytren's disease. The treatment for this benign, painless condition varies depending upon the amount of tissue involved, the degree of finger contracture, your age, general health and other factors. Id recommend speaking to your primary care physician aobut this and consider getting a referral to see a hand surgeon in your area.

This answer is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. ...Read more

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Swollen and itching nodules in my Rt armpit for over a month/hand goes numb while sleeping. Have appt. w/ breast specialist. Should I call PCP also?

Swollen and itching nodules in my Rt armpit for over a month/hand goes numb while sleeping. Have appt. w/ breast specialist. Should I call PCP also?

Call PCP for appt.: As a PCP, I feel as if I am better suited to treat this. It is not clear to me that this is a breast issue and may be a waste of time to see the other doctor. I would see the PCP, especially if you can get in sooner. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do thumbs have bursa?

Do thumbs have bursa?

No: There is a bursa at the level of the wrist involving the flexor polices longs tendon but not in the thumb itself. ...Read more

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What to do with my thumb?

Re-ask: I am sorry but there isn't enough info about your thumb to provide a satisfactory answer. Please re-ask question with pertinent details. ...Read more

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How to tell if thumb is broken?

How to tell if thumb is broken?

This requires X-Ray: Of the thumb and surrounding area.

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How can you fix a broken thumb?

How can you fix a broken thumb?

Many ways: It depends on the type of thumb fracture that you have. Some require immobilization only, others are best served with fixation with pins or plates and screws. If you have a thumb fracture, please see an orthopedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays to make sure your fracture is treated appropriately. ...Read more

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The tip of my thumb is painful?

The tip of my thumb is painful?

Injury?: Can't explain this other than injury or overuse of the thumb (video game enthusiasts get this a lot). Using the thumb to text can do it as well. Look into what, if any, overuse activities with the thumb you might be doing. ...Read more

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How can you tape a broken thumb?

How can you tape a broken thumb?

Difficult: Certain finger and toe fractures can be treated with taping. The taping is usually done from one finger to the next. This cannot be done with the thumb as there is no finger next to it. Thumb fractures are best treated in the splint or cast. ...Read more

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How rare are triphalangeal thumbs?

How rare are triphalangeal thumbs?

Very: They are present in less than 1/100, 000 live births. ...Read more

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What does a broken thumb feel like?

What does a broken thumb feel like?

Painful: Broke bones in the fingers/thumb are usually swollen and painful. ...Read more

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What should I do to keep a thumb guard on?

Explain: Are you referring to a thumb sucking guard?

Several designs use velcro style closure or come in various sizes.

How old is the wearer of this guard?

You may need the larger style that has a wrist strap as shown in the photograph. ...Read more

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How could I tell if I have broken my thumb?

How could I tell if I have broken my thumb?

X-Ray is best way.: Taking a simple x-ray is the quickest way to determine if there is a fracture. A walk in clinic equipped with an x-ray machine should be less expensive than a hospital er is you do not have insurance. If you have a physician, an exam could steer you to the right place, perhaps to an x-ray facility with a script in hand for the x-ray. Missed fractures may lead to complications like displacement. ...Read more

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How would you know if your thumb is broken?

How would you know if your thumb is broken?

Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray. See a doctor if you are having pain after an injury. ...Read more

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What should you do for a jammed/broken thumb?

Stop hitch-hiking: Just kidding. But a potentially broken thumb is serious. Get to your doc, an x-ray will tell, and they can direct your tx. Or referral. ...Read more