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What are rheumatoid nodules?

Rheumatoid nodules are a collection of cartilaginous material under the skin. They typically occur in the extensor surfaces of the arms (the back of the forearm around the elbow), but they can occur anywhere. They are typically about one-half inch in diameter and are not painful.

Rheumatoid nodules are one of the symptoms of having rheumatoid arthritis. They are bumps under the skin, usually near the elbows or on the fingers. The bumps are hard to the touch.

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