Will Rheumatoid Arthritis Nodules Go Away?

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ask the experts

Will the nodules that occur as the result of RA disappear over time? I have one on my elbow, and another has just appeared on the inside of my foot.

Doctor's response

Rheumatoid nodules do sometimes spontaneously, slowly come and go over time. They can also be annoying and can even become infected. The locations you have described are very common, as are the fingers.

Treatment of rheumatoid nodules includes avoiding irritating trauma to the nodule, local cortisone injections, and surgical removal. You should discuss the best options for you with your doctor.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCE:

"Rheumatoid nodules"
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Reviewed on 6/8/2017

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