The aim of this article is to analyze the presenting symptoms, localization, treatment and number of recurrences of glomus tumors of the hand in the Netherlands. The data of patients with a glomus tumor of the hand, diagnosed between January 1994 and February 1998 were provided by PALGA, a pathology foundation which registers all pathology diagnoses in the Netherlands. The patients’ names were not disclosed. Each physician who operated on these patients received a questionnaire. In the period from 1994–1998, 107 patients were diagnosed with a glomus tumor of the hand. Significantly more females than males were affected. In half of the cases, the tumors were located subungually. In only 56% of the cases did the operating physician included ”glomus tumor” in the differential diagnosis. The mean period between start of the symptoms and excision of the lesion was approximately 4 years. The follow-up duration ranged from 4 weeks to 5 years. After excision, all patients but one were symptom free. In all, there were five recurrences (5%). The most significant finding in this review was a considerable delay in diagnosis and treatment of this tumor.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: May 22, 2000
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