Medical Definition of Heberden disease

  • 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.

Reviewed on 12/27/2018

Heberden disease: There are two different Heberden diseases:

  1. Angina pectoris, chest pain that is often severe and crushing, due to an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart muscle.
  2. Osteoarthritis of the small joints with nodules (Heberden nodes) in and about the last joint of the finger.

Both diseases were described by the respected English physician William Heberden (1710-1801).

QUESTION

The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018