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Hand Tumors: I. Skin and Soft-Tissue Tumors of the Hand

Henderson, Megan M. M.D.; Neumeister, Michael W. M.D.; Bueno, Reuben A. Jr. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: February 2014 - Volume 133 - Issue 2 - p 154e–164e
doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000436854.09656.05
Hand/Peripheral Nerve: Original Articles

Summary: Hand tumors of the skin and soft tissue are frequently encountered by plastic surgeons. Although similar to lesions affecting other parts of the body, the presentation, workup, and treatment options often differ in the hand secondary to its complex anatomy and functional significance. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of those lesions that commonly arise in the hand—including epidermal inclusion cysts, ganglion cysts, and glomus tumors—in addition to tumors such as soft-tissue sarcomas that are rare but nonetheless require astute diagnosis and expedient initiation of treatment. Presenting symptoms and clinical features, recommended workup, and appropriate treatment options are reviewed.

Springfield, Ill.

From the Institute for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Received for publication February 6, 2013; accepted May 16, 2013.

Disclosure: The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

Reuben A. Bueno, Jr., M.D., Division of Plastic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19653, Springfield, Ill. 62794-9653,

©2014American Society of Plastic Surgeons