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Definition of Arthritis mutilans

Arthritis mutilans: An extremely severe form of chronic rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis characterized by resorption of bones and the consequent collapse of soft tissue. When this affects the hands, it can cause a phenomenon sometimes referred to as 'telescoping fingers.'

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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