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Arthritic hand, X-ray

Arthritic hand, X-ray

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JEAN-DENIS LAREDO, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JEAN-DENIS LAREDO, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Coloured X-ray image of the human hand showing deformation due to rheumatoid arthritis. The fingers show ulnar deviation, where the swelling of the knuckle joints forces the fingers away from the midline. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the body's own tissues, causing progressive joint and cartilage destruction. As the cartilage is worn away, new bone grows as part of the repair process. This causes stiffness and deformity of the fingers. Treatment is with anti-inflammatory drugs and physiotherapy.

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