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Osteoarthritis of the hip and Heberden's nodes.
  1. F McGoldrick,
  2. T M O'Brien
  1. St Mary's Orthopaedic Hospital, Cappagh, Dublin 11, Ireland.


    One hundred consecutive patients with proved osteoarthritis were assessed for the presence of terminal interphalangeal joint disease. There was a significant association found between the presence of Heberden's nodes and primary (axillary) arthritis. Secondary osteoarthritis was relatively free of nodal involvement. It is suggested that Heberden's nodes are a helpful clinical marker in differentiating between the two major groups of osteoarthritis.

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