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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Joint damage

07/19/2007

Question:

I have had seronegetive RA for 3 years and this past two months it looks like it finaly starting to feel better evne though my hands were swollen last night. On my left hand my index, middle and ring fingers are tilting towards my thumb. Is there any way to get them strait again? Iam young and this happened with in the first three years I hate to see what will happen as I get older.

Answer:

If the deviation of your fingers is due to destructive changes of rheumatoid arthritis, the only way to straighten them out is surgery. However, with surgery, the straightening is accomplished by fixing them in place meaning that the fingers are fused. The way to prevent further deformity is treatment of the rheumatoid arthritis.

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Response by:

Johnny  Su, MD Johnny Su, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University