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April 1961

Multiple Nontender Glomus Tumors: Report of a Case with 33 Lesions

Author Affiliations


From the Skin and Cancer Unit and the University Hospital of the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of the New York University Medical Center (Dr. Rudolf L. Baer, Acting Director).

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(4):640-643. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580100104014

Masson first described the glomus tumor in 1924,1 and up to 1959 more than 350 cases of typical, solitary glomus tumors have been reported. The solitary lesion is not uncommon. Its outstanding sign is tenderness to pressure, and its commonest location is on the dorsal surfaces of the fingers, particularly under the nails. Multiple glomus tumors, in contrast, are rare, usually not tender, and scattered.

Sluiter and Postma in a recent review2 found only 21 cases of multiple glomus tumors in the world literature and added 2 cases of their own. The record number of lesions belongs to the patient reported by Eyster and Montgomery,4 who had 90 widely distributed tumors of which all but 2 were persistently tender. Weidman and Wise3 reported a patient with 40 lesions, all nontender. In 14 of 21 cases reviewed by Sluiter and Postma, there were less than 10 tumors

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