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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 72  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47--49

Two cases of subungual glomus tumor

Department of Dermatology, Command Hospital Air Force, Bangalore, India

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P S Murthy
Department of Dermatology and STD, Command Hospital Air Force, Bangalore-560 007
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.19719

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Glomus tumors are uncommon, small, painful, and usually benign hamartomas arising from the arterial end of the glomus body. They often present early in the subungual stage because of intense pain. Two female patients with subungual glomus tumor are reported here. The intense pain associated with this tumor had led to disuse atrophy of the upper limb in one case. Hildreth's sign and Love's test were positive in both, but imaging did not help in preoperative diagnosis. Tumors were resected by transungual approach, leaving a 3-mm-wide margin. There was no recurrence after 1-year follow-up in both instances.


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