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J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Nov;20(6):2153-5. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3181bec705.

Glomus tumor of the back: a rare location.

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ajou University Hospital, Suwon 443-721, Korea.


A 44-year-old man presented with a 5-year history of localized pain on his back, and a 1.5-cm round, touch-induced painful mass was palpated. A subsequent diagnostic evaluation revealed the presence of a glomus tumor. Glomus tumors are rare, benign, small vascular tumors, which originate from glomus bodies present in the reticular dermis. Glomus tumors constitute less than 2.0% of all primary soft tissue tumors, approximately 80% of the lesions are located in the upper extremity, and more than 75% are subungually located. However, many locations have been reported in the literature. Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge, this glomus tumor that occurred on the back is very rare.

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