Sunday, August 17, 2008

Answer-Medical Quiz

The answer is #1 osteoarthritis. The patient's right hand reveals the typical changes with both Heberden's and Bouchard's nodes and irregular deformities at the joints.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative syndrome where low-grade inflammation results in pain in the joints. The cause is unknown and there is an abnormal wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside joints. OA affects nearly 21 million people in the U.S. and it affects the hands, spine and large weight-bearing joints such as hips and knees.


MizFit said...

but there is a big genetic factor? or am I uninformed? (HOPING THE LATTER as my Grandmother had horrible arthritis).

and do you remember the old school 'remedy' of soaking raisins in gin?
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