Hypertrophic Pulmonary Osteoarthropathy- A rare syndrome

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Hypertrophic Pulmonary Osteoarthropathy is a very rare syndrome that results in swelling of the joints in wrists and ankle, in clubbed fingers etc. Hypertrophic means overgrowth of a body organ , Pulmonary means lungs and Osteoarthropathy is swelling of the bones and joints. In lung cancer mostly 55 individuals get affected by this rare syndrome,this might be due to the substances released by the tumor in cancer or due to the substances produced by our own body to which the tumor reacts to. Not all persons with lung cancer gets affected by the HPOA. Only some painkillers prescribed by the doctors are helpful in providing some relief from the swelling of joints and bones. One known drug is biophosphonates. Know more about HPOA in the article entitled “Hypertrophic Pulmonary Osteoarthropathy: Images with Significant Changes Post Lung Tumor Resection” in “Journal of Immunological Techniques in Infectious Diseases”

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