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What Are Rheumatoid Nodules?

A friend of mine who is a nurse noticed the small bumps I have on my wrists and said that they looked like rheumatoid nodules and that I should talk to my doctor about them. What are rheumatoid nodules? How can I tell if I have them?

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As rheumatoid arthritis progresses, a person may develop other symptoms outside of the joint, such as rheumatoid nodules. Rheumatoid nodules are small lumps that can occur under the skin at pressure points. They can occur anywhere, but some common areas include the elbow, wrist, Achilles tendon, and the back of the head.
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