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What do bony bumps on the knuckles indicate?

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Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal

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Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018 in Mental Health
Question: Hi, i had really bad anxiety for quite a while. I am making amazing strides and very proud of myself in my recovery. During the time of extreme stress. I noticed i had developed bony bumps on my knuckles closest to the base of my finger. I was wondering what this is. I took blood and my RA panel came back negative. Thank you for your time. I know i ask a lot of questions but i would rather be safe then sorry.
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 2 hours later
Brief Answer:

Please follow up with additional details

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

However, kindly follow up with the following additional details so that I can give you a definite answer

-How long ago did you start noticing these bumps?
- Have you noticed it at the base of all the fingers or some fingers only?
- Do you have pain?
-Any joint pain, redness, swelling of joints?
- Are the bumps cystic or bony in nature?. What is the size of these bumps?
- If possible, please attach a picture of the affected hand showing the bumps.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Follow up: Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 1 hour later
Two months ago i noticed the bumps
Nothing has really changed since then as far as appearance of the bumps

They don’t hurt really ever, my joints crack a lot and they can become a little stiff when it’s cold but i feel like that’s normal

The bumps are bony not cystic; the bumps are mostly the same size like the size of a pea

I will try to attach a photo but they are hardly noticeable except for one near my index finger joint but even that isn’t that noticeable

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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 13 hours later
Brief Answer:

Possible Diagnosis:Ganglion cyst

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

The bumps you are describing is suggestive of ganglion cyst. Ganglion cyst are cystic growth occurring along the tendons and joints of hand.

Even though cystic in nature, often ganglion cyst can be hard to touch. They are non cancerous.

However, physical examination is required to confirm the diagnosis.

No treatment is required for ganglion cyst. Please be advised to follow up with your primary care provider for confirmation of diagnosis.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Follow up: Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 2 minutes later
Do they go away?
Thank you for being a big help
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Follow up answer

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

And ganglion cyst goes away on its own once the fluid in cyst gets reabsorbed. Even if persistent, treatment is necessary only if the cyst troubles you functionally or cosmetically.

In such cases, the fluid in cyst can be removed through a simple procedure called needle aspiration or the cyst can be removed surgically.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Lekshmi Rita Venugopal, General & Family Physician
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