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Friday, August 27, 2010 gordon bell, Community Member, asks

Q: Is it wise to have a large RA nodule surgically removed from my arm?

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
9/ 3/10 7:12pm

I'll be upfront with you and say that I don't know an awful lot about nodules, but we do have an excellent interview with a rheumatologist where we asked all kinds of questions about nodules, so that might give you more information. However, I would also definitely recommend that you speak to your rheumatologist about this. You mentioned that you've been on a lot of different meds over the years, but nothing has helped - have you tried a different Biologics? Currently, there are nine different Biologics available on the market and some of them have help people who haven't had anything work before (e.g., Rituxan). Check out Lisa Emrich's series of posts on Biologics for more information.


let us know how things go, please?

ronie, Community Member
8/27/10 3:31pm

nodules actually go away when swelling and your RA is suppressed.  All the ones on my hands (fingers, knuckles and wrists), my arms (near my elbows) and shins have all come and gone over the years.  I used to think they were like bone spurs.  I was wrong.

gordon bell, Community Member
8/28/10 10:34am

My RA has never been suppressed despite having been prescribed many medications over the years. The nodule on the underside of my forearm is over one and a half inches at the base and one inch at the highest point.    

ronie, Community Member
8/28/10 11:37am

Yes, the ones near my elbows were about as large as that.  I didn't actually measure. 

But as I mentioned, they do come and go.  They are not attached to bone.  Over the last 26 years, I cannot tell you how many I have seen throughout my body.  And as fast as they appear, they have disappeared.  My RA at this time is also going unsuppressed, however, I am nodule free for the moment. 


As a heads up, if you would like to know more about having them removed, please consult your dermatologist.  They will probably attempt a small biopsy first to test for malignancy before moving forward with any type of removal.  I do believe if removal is deemed necessary, the procedure is done with a laser as if removing a tatoo.  But ask you rheumie for a referral to a dermatologist.

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