Skin - Nonmelanocytic tumors
Reviewer: Christopher Hale, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 16 July 2012, last major update July 2012
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● Usually painful subungual tumors
● 52 year old woman with 8 year history of progressively intense pain on finger
(J Korean Neurosurg Soc 2010;48:185)
● Painful nodule, often acral
Glomus tumor during exploration
Preoperative and intraoperative photographs views of the lesion
● 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
Contributed by Angel Fernandez-Flores, MD, PhD, Hospital El Bierzo and Clinica Ponferrada, Spain
Blood vessels surrounded by proliferation of round cells in fibrous stroma; vascular channels are lined by endothelial cells and aggregates of round cells with darkly staining round-ovoid nuclei and eosinophilic cytoplasm
● Cavernous hemangioma
● Blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome (multiple tumors)
End of Skin - Nonmelanocytic tumors > Vascular tumors > Glomus tumor
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