2011 - R. Micheroli / Last Update: September 2011
Many rheumatic diseases show changes and are visible in the hands.
The pattern of distribution in the relevant joints, soft-tissue changes, skin
manifestations, neurological and vascular symptoms and clinical findings
provide fundamental information. Imaging and lab results provide
diagnostic support.
On this website, common diseases are presented in terms of their clinical
expressions in the hands: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, calcium
pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease, psoriatic arthritis, reactive
arthritis, systemic sclerosis and dermatomyositis/polymyositis.
Furthermore, we discuss pathological findings of the hands as a result of
diabetic cheiroarthropathia, endocarditis, secondary hypertrophic
osteoarthropathy and chronic regional pain syndrom.
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