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I have a bump on my left index finger, below the nail on the

left side of the finger...
I have a bump on my left index finger, below the nail on the left side of the finger but not on the joint. ...have had it for years. Over time it has grown larger. Sometimes is painful to touch and other times not.
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Dr. Stan
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It is likely that this bump is caused by an underlying autoimmune connective tissue condition, including nodule of rheumatoid arthritis or others. It could also represent ganglion cyst, pilar cyst, ingrown hair follicle cyst, and dermolipoma, most of which are not harmful, and can be removed by excision. However, due to the increasing size, I suggest that you follow-up with your doctor for closer evaluation.

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
I do have small bumps on first joints of most fingers and both thumbs which are most probably arthritis related since my grandfather and mother had arthritis....but this one has been there for 10 years(or more) and has slowly increased in size...do you suspect it is a different manifestation of the same issue? Basically it is uncomfortable and somewhat unsightly and I want to get it removed... also wondering if this is a simple procedure
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These bumps are related and likely manifestation of nodules from rheumatoid and/or osteoarthitis. I suggest that you follow-up with a Rheumatology doctor for closer evaluation. The nodules can be removed by the hand surgeon with a relatively simple procedure. However, care is taken to avoid small blood vessels and nerves. It is also possible that you may need medication treatment for arthritis in oder to slow down the rate of progression of the bumps.

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Okay ..one more question ...can you recommend a surgeon in Scottsdale, Arizona or Anchorage, Alaska
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David Thull, MD is an excellent hand surgeon. He practices hand surgery and orthopedic surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Orthopedics Of North Scottsdale
10250 North 92nd Street Suite 114
Scottsdale, AZ, 85258
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