Bouchard’s Nodes are outgrowths or hard cysts found on the fingers in patients with a history Osteoarthritis a disease type of Arthritis.

Found on the PIP joints[proximal interphalangeal Joint]of fingers

Caused by a calcification of the articular cartilage

Are much less common than Heberden’s nodes

May also be seen in Rheumatoid Arthritis



  • Bony or Hard swelling of fingers
  • Often seen in the distal interphalangeal Joint (DIP)
  • The DIP are the joints closest to the end of fingers and toes
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Joint Pain
  • Numbness
  • Loss of motion
  • Loss of dexterity



NSAIDs and Tylenol for pain and as treatment of arthritis

Is not curative

Bouchard’s nodes are named after French pathologist Charles-Joseph Bouchard (1837-1915)

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