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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Rheumatoid Nodules

10/29/2009

Question:

Can rheumatoid nodules in the wrist come and go?

Answer:

Rheumatoid nodules on the extremities will not typically come and go. However, synovial cysts can fluctuate in presence or appearance. The synovium is the lining of the joint or tendon. As a result of the inflammation from RA, the proliferated synovium can occasionally turn into a cystic or cyst-like structure. Synovial cysts are similar to what are also knowns as "ganglion cysts" or "bible cysts". 

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Response by:

Raymond  Hong, MD, MBA, FACR Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University