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Glomus Tumour

  • Glomus Tumour

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Glomus tumors typically occur in young adults but can also occur at any age. Subungual lesions are far more common in women. Glomus tumors almost always occur in the skin or superficial soft tissues of the distal extremities, rarely they also occur in deep soft tissue or viscera. Superficially located glomus tumors often present with paroxysms of pain radiating away from the lesion. These symptoms are often exacerbated by changes in temperature, in particular exposure to cold. Deep-seated glomus tumors typically have no associated symptoms.

Glomus tumors are rare, slow-growing, hypervascular tumors that arise within the jugular foramen of the temporal bone. They are included in a group of tumors referred to as paragangliomas, which occur at various sites and include carotid body, glomus vagale, and glomus tympanicum tumors.


Surgery may be contraindicated because of age or general physical condition. Surgical resection for type I tumors is relatively simple and complication free, but large tumors affecting the lower cranial nerves and extending beyond the petrous apex carry a significant risk of postoperative complications, especially in older patients.

Post operative care: 

Rest, elevation and immobilization depending upon the site of surgery.


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