Tumors of the hand

Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2017 Aug;27(6):747-762. doi: 10.1007/s00590-017-1984-y. Epub 2017 Jun 5.


Tumors of the hand comprise a vast array of lesions involving skin, soft tissue and bone. The majority of tumors in the hand are benign. Malignant tumors, although rare, do occur and frequently have unique characteristics in this specific anatomic location. Careful staging, histological diagnosis and treatment are essential to optimize clinical outcome. However, straightforward most of the time, hand tumor management does have pitfalls; caution is advised, as a missed or delayed diagnosis or an improperly executed biopsy may have devastating consequences. This article reviews the clinical spectrum of the most common benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors of the hand and discusses the clinicopathological findings, imaging features and current concepts in treatment for these tumors.

Keywords: Bone; Hand; Soft tissue; Tumors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone Neoplasms / pathology
  • Bone Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Fibroma / surgery
  • Ganglion Cysts / therapy
  • Giant Cell Tumor of Tendon Sheath / surgery
  • Hand*
  • Humans
  • Lipoma / surgery
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / pathology
  • Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / therapy
  • Sarcoma / pathology
  • Sarcoma / therapy*
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • Skin Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Vascular Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Vascular Neoplasms / pathology
  • Vascular Neoplasms / therapy