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Interphalangeal Joint Arthritis eMedicine Orthopedics
Osteoarthritis of the hand preferentially involves the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint and the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint of the thumb.1 The proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint is affected less commonly.
The term "osteoarthritis" has been used in the past to describe degenerative changes in the articular cartilage. However, a more descriptive term might be primary idiopathic osteoarthritis.
Synonyms and related keywords: osteoarthritis of the hand, erosive osteoarthritis, distal interphalangeal joint, DIP joint, carpometacarpal joint, CMC joint, primary idiopathic osteoarthritis, arthrodesis, arthroplasty
Author: Carlos A Garcia-Moral, MD 2008
Type: Reference Material
Author/Contact: Carlos A Garcia-Moral, MD
Submitted by: admin
Added: Thu Apr 03 2008
Last Modified: Fri Aug 07 2009