Glomus tumours of the hand. A retrospective study of 51 cases

J Hand Surg Br. 1996 Apr;21(2):257-60. doi: 10.1016/s0266-7681(96)80110-0.


The authors report a series of 51 patients with glomus tumours in the hand. The duration of symptoms before treatment averaged 10 years. No one site or finger was more commonly involved. Objective features were limited to a blue discoloration in 29%, a pulp nodule or a nail deformity in 33%. An osseous defect was seen on plain X-ray films in 36%. Diagnosis depended on clinical suspicion in 90%. Careful dissection and complete excision of the tumour almost always offer permanent relief. A direct transungual approach was used in the subungual tumours with only one cosmetic problem. Recurrence of symptoms occurred in only two cases after a pain-free interval of 2 years.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Fingers* / diagnostic imaging
  • Glomus Tumor / diagnostic imaging
  • Glomus Tumor / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / surgery*