Osteoarthritis (mnemonic)

Last revised by Rahul Dabhi on 17 Sep 2020

A mnemonic to remember the main signs of osteoarthritis on plain radiography is:

  • LOSS


Mnemonics for Heberden nodes and Bouchard nodes:

  • Heberden- Distal interphalangeal joint (H-D) (High Definition)
  • Bouchard- Proximal interphalangeal joint (B-P) (Blue Picture)


  • Heberden - High above (DIP)
  • Bouchard - Below (PIP)

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Cases and figures

  • Hip osteoarthritis
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