The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between OA and OP in postmenopausal women with hand OA characterized by Heberden's nodes
and to investigate whether these patients have higher BMD values in the lumbar spine and femur than those without OA.
Relation between Heberden's nodes
and distal interphalangeal joint osteophytes and their role as markers of generalised disease.
* Part of primary generalised osteoarthritis (OA) with Heberden's nodes
of DIP joints
They are called Heberden's nodes
. Similar knobs (called Bouchard's nodes) can appear on the middle joints of the fingers.
Osteophytes, Heberden's nodes
, Bouchard's nodes, and joint space narrowing can be seen in both EOA and osteoarthritis, but central erosions are characteristic of only EOA.
For example, Heberden's nodes
-- lumps of cartilage-covered bone that arise on the finger joints -- are much more common in women of families where the mother, the grandmother or the aunt had osteoarthritis.