The mysterious chronic finger pain- glomus tumour: a case report


  • Rajranjan Kumar Department of Surgery, Durgapur Steel Plant Hospital, J. M. Sengupta Road, Durgapur, Bardhhaman, West Bengal, India



Finger, Glomus tumour, MRI hand, Pain


Glomus tumours are very rare, small, painful benign hamartomas, arising from the arterial end of the glomus body. Glomus tumors account for 1-2% of the soft tissue tumors in the hand. The exact etiopathogenesis is unknown. It is incapacitating to the patients because of chronicity of symptoms and lack of proper investigative tools to diagnose the tumor at an early stage. The clinical diagnosis was made on the basis of medical history and MRI findings. We report a case of glomus tumor in a 35-year-old female, situated in the pulp of distal phalanx of right middle finger, which was resected completely. Excision of lesion imparted complete resolution of symptoms.  The histopathological report was consistence with glomus tumor.


Dwaber RP, Baran R. Disorders of nails in: Champion RH, Burton JL, Ebling FJG, editors. Rock/Wilkinson /Ebling Textbook of Dermatlogy. 5th ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science. 1992;2497-532.

Heys SD, Brittened J, Atkinson P, Eremin O. Glomus tumour: an analysis of 43 patients and review of the literature. Br J Surg. 1992;79:345-7.

Mravic M, La Chaud G, Nguyen A, Scott MA, Dry SM, James AW. Clinical and Histopathological Diagnosis of Glomus Tumor: An Institutional Experience of 138 Cases. Int J Surg Pathol. 2015;23(3):181-8.

Gombos Z Zhang PJ. ‘’Glomus Tumor’. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2008;132(9):1448-52.

Enzinger FM, Weiss SW. Soft Tissue Tumors. 2nd ed. St. Louis: Mosby. 1988;422-32.

Hufschmidt K, Glomus tumors of the upper limb: Single –center retrospective study of clinical and functional outcomes. Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation. 2017;36.

Chou T, Pan SC, Shieh SJ, Lee JW, Chiu HY, Ho CL. Glomus tumor: twenty- year experience and literature review. Ann Plast Surg. 2016;76(1):S35-40.

Rosner IA, Argenta AE, Wshinggton KM. Unusual volar pulp location of glomus tumor. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017;5(1):e1215.






Case Reports