Skin - Nonmelanocytic tumors
Vascular tumors
Glomus tumor

Author: Christopher Hale, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 6 October 2016, last major update July 2012

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Cite this page: Glomus tumor. website. Accessed September 26th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Usually painful subungual tumors
Case reports
Gross description
  • Painful nodule, often acral
Gross images
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Glomus tumor during exploration

Preoperative and
photographs views
of the lesion
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Dermal or subcutaneous tumors, either solid or vascular, composed of glomus cells, a modified smooth muscle cell with abundant cytoplasm and oval nucleus
  • Either (a) solid variant - proliferation of glomus cells with no/rare vascular lumina or (b) vascular variant - abundant vascular lumina that may resemble cavernous hemangioma
Microscopic (histologic) images
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Courtesy of Angel Fernandez-Flores, M.D., Ph.D., Hospital El Bierzo and Clinica Ponferrada, Spain

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Blood vessels surrounded by proliferation of round cells
in fibrous stroma; vascular channels are lined by endo-
thelial cells and aggregates of round cells with darkly
staining round - ovoid nuclei and eosinophilic cytoplasm

Positive stains
Differential diagnosis