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December 1965

Multiple Painful Glomus Tumors of the Skin: Views on Histogenesis: Case Report

Author Affiliations


From the departments of pathology and dermatology, West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta is now at the State University of New York, School of Medicine and E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1965;92(6):670-673. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600180062010

A case of multiple painful glomus tumors is reported in a 20-year-old woman.

Multiple glomus tumors, although rare, have usually been unassociated with pain. The painful character of the lesions in the case presented above is explained on the basis of entrapment of myelinated nerve fibers in the stroma of the tumor.

The various views on the histogenesis of such tumors are presented.

It is believed that the tumor is probably related to Zimmermann's pericytes, differing, however, from a hemangiopericytoma in having a definite organoid pattern and lacking a malignant potential.

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