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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 3514-3517

Digital glomus tumor: An experience of 57 cases over 20 years

1 Department of General Surgery, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
2 Department of Anatomy, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

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Dr. Satyendra K Tiwary
Department of General Surgery, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_446_20

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Background: Glomus tumors are rare tumors and may affect any area of the body, but digits, palms, and soles are commonly affected due to higher number of glomus body. We present our experience with the management of 57 cases of glomus tumors of the fingertips treated over a period of 20 years (2000–2019). Materials and Methods: Medical records of 57 cases with glomus tumors treated over a period of 20 years were reviewed for patient demographics, presenting characteristics, duration, previous treatment history, physical examination, investigation, treatment, follow-up, and recurrence. Results: In our study, the mean age was 49 years, with age 47 years among women and 53 years among men suggesting glomus tumor as a disease of past middle age. The total number of cases was 57 with 44 women and 13 men. Site of lesion was nail bed in 50 cases (87.7%) and tip of finger in 7 cases (12.3%). In clinical assessment pinpoint tenderness was present in all 57 cases (100%) and pain in 56 cases (98.8%). Other features at the time of presentation were nodularity in 38 cases (66.6%), deformed nail in 14 cases (24.6%), and cold hypersensitivity in 20 cases (35.1%). The mean duration of the disease was 2.3 years (1.2–5.6 years). Conclusion: One of the most painful clinical conditions confirmed by comprehensive clinical assessment and cured dramatically by complete surgical excision.

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