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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Swollen hands

05/13/1999

Question:

What does general swelling and puffiness at night of the hands indicate?

Answer:

Arthritis can cause hand swelling but is usually associated with soreness and stiffness. Conditions causing skin thickening such as Scleroderma often produce hand swelling but are usually not confined to the night. Additionally, disorders causing fluid retention can produce hand swelling. However, these diseases usually produce more generalized swelling particularly in the feet.

Presumably, your physician does not have night office hours. However, you should still discuss this problem with him or her.

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Response by:

Larry   Houk, MD Larry Houk, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati