Background: A glomus tumor is a biologically benign neoplasm. The traditional surgical approach to treat this tumor boasts the lowest recurrence rates but may cause nail deformities. Objective: A short-scar surgical approach was applied, with the aim of preserving the aesthetics of the nail. Methods: Between January 1999 and January 2009, 25 patients who underwent surgery for a glomus tumor were included in the study. All patients underwent radical resection with three different surgical approaches based on the location of the tumor. Results: All patients who were operated on had complete regression of pain immediately after surgery and at postsurgery follow-ups. Conclusion: The treatment of glomus tumors consists of surgical excision, which is successful if properly executed. Excision of sensitive afferent nervous fibers is a prerequisite to achieve regression of pain. A short-scar surgical approach ensures complete eradication of the tumor and preservation of nail aesthetics.
Short-Scar Surgical Approach for the Treatment of Glomus Tumor of the Digit / Cigna, Emanuele; Palumbo, Francesca; DE SANTO, Liliana; Zampieri, ANDREA EDOARDO; Soda, Giuseppe. - In: JOURNAL OF CUTANEOUS MEDICINE AND SURGERY. - ISSN 1203-4754. - 15:1(2011), pp. 21-28. [10.2310/7750.2010.09083]