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Indian J Plast Surg. 2011 May;44(2):337-47. doi: 10.4103/0970-0358.85355.

Malignant tumours of the hand and wrist.

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  • 1Dr Paul Brand Centre for Hand Surgery and Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.


Malignant tumours are rare in the hand and wrist. The clinical presentation may be similar to that of a benign lesion and a high index of suspicion is necessary so that such lesions are not missed by the treating surgeon. Out of a total of 657 tumours/tumour-like lesions of the hand and wrist seen in a tertiary referral centre in a 10-year period, a total of 39 tumours were identified as malignant (5.9%) and of which majority had origin from the skin (53.8%). The management of these tumours is primarily surgical. Limb salvage surgery may be applied when appropriate, though eradication of disease should be the primary goal rather than preservation of function. A multimodal approach is necessary for appropriate management including chemotherapy and radiotherapy.


Hand tumours; malignant hand tumours; malignant tumour Rev

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