Aim: Glomus tumors are typically located in the subungual region in 75%-90% of patients. However, these tumors can be
seen in atypical localizations which are extra-digital parts of the human body. Here, we present the management of a series
of five patients with extra-digital glomus tumors treated surgically.
Patients and methods: The mean age of the patients was 40.6 years. The mean duration between symptom onset and
presentation was 3.6 years. The localization of the tumors were anterolaterally of the thigh, posteriorly of the humerus
lateral condyle, posteriorly of the humerus supracondylar region, anteromedially of the tuberositas tibia, and on the dorsal
side of the wrist.
Results: The mean follow-up was at 52.8 months. For all patients, all lesions healed without any wound issues and no
recurrences were noted during the follow-up period.
Conclusion: When a painful mass is found in the body, glomus tumors should be kept in mind. The consideration of
symptoms, including pain, temperature sensitivity, point tenderness, and discoloration, common characteristics of glomus
tumors, may aid diagnosis.
Key words: Glomus, glomus tumor, atypical, extra-digital glomus tumor