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October 1948

GLOMUS TUMORS: A Summary of Fifteen Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, Wis.

Arch Surg. 1948;57(4):531-538. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1948.01240020538011

THE EXISTENCE of neoplasms of the neuromyoarterial glomus has been recognized for many years, and they have been variously called angiosarcomas, glomangiomas or hemangiomatous tumors. Little has been written in the ordinary textbooks about these lesions, and it is only by a careful review of the current literature that a true picture of these interesting tumors can be obtained. They are relatively rare lesions which contain vascular, epithelial and nervous elements and for the most part are located in the cutaneous or subcutaneous tissues. Glomus tumors have also been described as occurring in the knee joint and in the muscles and tendons where normal glomuses have not been identified. They are benign in their behavior, with little or no tendency to recur if they are completely removed, although Murray and Stout1 have reported a glomus tumor which displayed progressive infiltrative growth. Wood,2 in 1812, first gave a clinical