Medical Definition of Erosive osteoarthritis Medical Definition

  • 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.

Erosive osteoarthritis: an inflammatory form of osteoarthritis that leads to bone erosion in the finger joints. The inflammation results in erosions and irregular growth of bone around the finger joints. Symptoms include pain, swelling, redness, warmth and reduced function of the hand joints. The diagnosis is made based on characteristic findings of bone erosion on imaging studies along with the typical symptoms.

See also osteoarthritis.

Reviewed on 6/12/2017


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