Heberden's nodes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose Heberden's nodes, we could:
|Vitamin B6 Need||96%||Confirm|
|Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis||21%||Unlikely|
|Rheumatoid Arthritis||3%||Ruled out|
Heberden's nodes or Bouchard's nodes. Do you have hard, bony swellings on your finger joints?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ One or two, but no deformation of the fingers
→ Several, but no deformation of the fingers
→ One or two, with deformation of the fingers
→ Several, with deformation of the fingers
Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers also experience swelling/bumps in the same joints that are affected by Heberden's nodes, but the bumps are not the same.