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Dermatol Surg. 2007 Jun;33(6):651-67.

Soft tissue tumors of the hand. 1. Benign.

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Department of Dermatology, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC 20010, USA.


Soft tissue tumors of the hand arise from skin, subcutaneous tissue, tendons, nerve, and blood vessels. Many of these lesions occur on other parts of the body; however, the hand remains a unique site because these tumors have symptoms, appearances, treatments, and prognoses that may be quite different than when on other parts of the body. Their characteristics and the severity of symptoms vary markedly depending on the exact location, size, and type of tumor-and many of these tumors can have multiple forms of presentation. Two articles are intended to provide an overview of benign (this article) and malignant tumors (subsequent issue) of the hand. The rarer and more deleterious tumors are discussed in detail while the common tumors and epidermal lesions with which practitioners are familiar are briefly overviewed. At the completion of these review articles, participants should be able to identify and diagnose various benign and malignant hand tumors as well as understand the accepted current treatment of these growths.

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