Sex differences in TMC arthritis

By Jennifer Wolf, MD; Karen B. King, PhD; and Allison E. Williams, PhD

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Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand joints represents the second most common site of osteoarthritis overall, and the economic and work-related costs are high. Arthritis of the basilar joint of the thumb, or the trapeziometacarpal (TMC) joint, can be functionally debilitating, and patients may be unable to turn a doorknob or remove a jar top.

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