GIANT CELL TUMOR OF THE TENDON SHEATH
By Gary M. White, MD
Giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath (GCTTS) is a slow growing, firm nodule most commonly found on the fingers. In one review of 64 cases [G Chir. 2013;34:149], the average age was 45 (range 15 to 77 years). There were 40 females and 24 males, with a male to female ratio 1:1.66. The most frequent location of the tumor was:
- Middle finger in 23.5%
- Thumb in 20.3%
- Index finger in 20.3%
- Hand in 20.3%
- Ring finger in 7.8%
- Little finger in 7.8%
A slow growing, firm, papulonodule in the flexor side of a finger of an adult (30-50 years) is characteristic.
Referral to a hand surgeon for excision is appropriate.
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A large, nodular GCTTS on the sole. Indian Dermatol Online J 2015;6:201-3
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