Glomus Tumour: a retrospective review of 15 years. experience in a single institution

Fazwi, R. and Chandran, P.A. and Ahmad, T.S. (2011) Glomus Tumour: a retrospective review of 15 years. experience in a single institution. Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal, 5 (3). pp. 8-12. ISSN 1985-2533,

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Glomus tumours (GT), neoplasms of the glomus body comprise 4.5% of upper limb tumours. Seventy-five per cent of these occur in the hand, and most are subungual (50%). We performed a literature review and retrospective search of histopathologically confirmed GT seen from 1995 to 2009. Fifteen patients were identified, with an average age of 49.6 years. Eight were in the hand, 2 in the upper limb, 2 lower limb and 3 in the ear. Eighty-six per cent presented with pain and 50% underwent radiological investigation. Most diagnoses followed biopsy findings. Surgical excision resulted in a recurrence rate of 13%. The average time to diagnosis was 3.3 years. The average duration of symptoms was 7 to 11 years with an average of 2 to 3 consultations pre-diagnosis. MRI remains the most useful imaging modality (82 to 90% sensitivity). Excision biopsy is the most common treatment. Greater awareness is needed for quicker diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Department of Pathology, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Glomus Tumour, Presentation, Imaging, Recurrence
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Nor Izzati Ab Razak
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 00:54
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 03:40

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