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Are hard bumps on my hands and arms a sign of RA?

Expert:   Linda Russell, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery »

Rheumatoid arthritis has visual symptoms as well as pain-filled ones. Learn what those bumps are doing on your knuckles.

Transcript: Between 25 and 50 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis develop rheumatoid NODULES along with all their other symptoms. These firm bumps of tissue under the skin grow with the long-term pressure on the joints. Fortunately, these nodules don’t lead to serious complications, but they DO hurt when they’re bumped. Some people get surgically them removed because they make daily tasks more difficult. Some RA medications shrink these nodules. More »

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