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An old woman's hand with deviated fingertips

An old woman's hand with deviated fingertips

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The Case
A 91-year-old community-dwelling woman is seen for annual physical examination. Apart from hearing loss, she has no complaints; she continues to reside alone in an assisted-living apartment, and to take care of herself.

More History/Physical
Woman who appears stated age. Vital signs, normal. Handwriting, unremarkable and not laborious. Can pick up spoon readily. Conversation a little difficult because of hearing impairment. (She won't turn on her hearing aid "because I don't want to run down the battery.")

What's Your Diagnosis?

Arthritis mutilans
Mallet finger
Phalangeal fracture
Rheumatoid hand

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