Heberden's nodes typically develop in middle age, beginning either with a chronic swelling of the affected joints or the sudden painful onset of redness, numbness, and loss of manual dexterity. This initial inflammation and pain eventually subsides, and the patient is left with a permanent bony outgrowth that often skews the fingertip sideways. Bouchard's nodes may also be present; these are similar bony growths in the proximal interphalangeal(PIP) joints (middle joints of the fingers), and are also associated with osteoarthritis.
Heberden's nodes are more common in women than in men, and there seems to be a genetic component involved in predisposition to the condition.
The war of the razor blades: Joanna Doonar investigates the possible outcome of the Gillette/ Wilkinson Sword court cases.(News Analysis)
Nov 01, 2003; Gillette and Wilkinson Sword are at each others throats. Both companies are taking each other to court in the US. While Gillette...