November 2017 What Lies Beneath


Touch me not: a report on 2 cases of Glomus tumors showing variation in clinical presentation

Touch me not: a report on 2 cases of Glomus tumors showing variation in clinical presentation

Johannes F. Dayrit, MD, FPDS; Lunardi Bintanjoyo, MD; Jerome P. Acosta, MD, DPDS; and Charles A. C. Villamin, MD, FPOA

Glomus tumor is a benign tumor arising from the glomus body, a temperature-controlling arteriovenous anastomosis. It appears as solitary or multiple painful reddish-blue papule(s). Pain is paroxysmal, spontaneous or may be triggered by pressure and alteration in temperature. Glomus tumor is usually located on the distal extremities, most commonly beneath the nail. Extradigital lesion is less common and may be misdiagnosed. Two cases of Glomus tumor occuring in digital and extradigital location will be discussed.