Bouchard’s Node

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 the fingers

These changes can be caused by a calcification of the articular cartilage.

They are  much less common than Heberden’s nodes which can have a similar appearance.

Bouchard’s Node 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


1.)  NSAIDs and Tylenol for pain and as treatment of arthritis

2.)  This condition does not have a cure – just management.

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