Rheumatoid nodules may be associated with complications, including:
- limited joint mobility
- fistula formation
Surgical removal is an option, but nodules tend to recur in as little as a few months when they are present over an area of repeated trauma. Intranodular steroid injections may reduce the size of a nodule.
Photos of Actual Rheumatoid Nodules
- Arthritis Hand Photo Gallery
Hand damage and deformity caused by arthritis can include nodules, swelling, stiffness, ulnar drift, contractures, and other problems.
- Rheumatoid Nodule of the Elbow
Photo of rheumatoid nodule of the elbow, from Loyola University Chicago.
- Multiple Rheumatoid Nodules on Fingers
Photo of multiple nodules on several fingers of one hand, from Dermnet.
- General and Specific Cutaneous Manifestations of RA, from New Zealand Dermatological Society
Three photos of rheumatoid nodules.
Interview with Raymond Federman, M.D. (rheumatologist)
Case rounds. Case report #6 by Andrea Marx, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University.