What are symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Answer

Distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints are most often affected

Proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints and the carpometacarpal (cmc) joints at the base of the thumb are also typically involved

Heberden nodes, which represent palpable osteophytes in the DIP joints, are more characteristic in women than in men

Inflammatory changes are typically absent, less pronounced, or go unnoticed

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