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Rheumatoid nodules are small bumps under the skin, located in
pressure point areas such as the elbow or back of the heel. These bumps may be
as small as a grain of rice or as large as a golf ball but are not painful and
tend to come and go.
People with rheumatoid arthritis commonly develop rheumatoid
nodules, as do children with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis who
are rheumatoid-factor (RF) positive. While rheumatoid nodules often develop
later in the disease, their presence can be helpful in confirming a
Current as of:
February 24, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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