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Is a glomus tumor terminal ?

Is a glomus tumor terminal ?

No: Glomus tumors arise from glomus bodies, neurovascular regulatory structures found in fingertips and sometimes toes. They often times develop under the nailed. The tumors are benign with extremely rare malignant degeneration. Primary symptom is extreme pain with cold exposure. You should see a hand surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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What is it like to have a glomus tumor in the middle ear?

What is it like to have a glomus tumor in the middle ear?

Develop tinnitis: A glomus tumor is a rare benign neoplasm arising from the glomus body found mostly under the nail, fingertip or foot. Histologically, they are made up of an afferent arteriole, and collecting venules. Glomus tumors control the thermoregulatory function of the dermal glomus They produce Pulsatile tinnitus since they occur as the most common lesion of the middle ear. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for sugery of the glomus tumor in the middle ear?

What is the recovery time for sugery of the glomus tumor in the middle ear?

The answer: is only VALID is given by the NEUROSURGEON who performed the excision of this benign tumor. It's size and absolute location would be only available to him/her! Other estimates are not helpful! Hope this advice is followed! Dr Z ...Read more

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Blue spot under nail bed, getting larger, causes sharp radiating pain. Google says glomus tumor?

Blue spot under nail bed, getting larger, causes sharp radiating pain. Google says glomus tumor?

Possibly: glomus tumors under the nail bed are blue appearing lesions caused by blood vessels that when placed under cold water enhance their pain. They can be confused with a traumatic episode to the nail bed where a small hematoma forms. Where the glomus does not usually enlarge, a hematoma does and when of concern can be partially drained by opening a paper clip, heating one end and penetrating the nail ...Read more

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I have had a pain in my chest off and on for a few years and i also have carpel tunnel and a glomus tumor. I've had ecg. It was fine. What could it be.?

I have had a pain in my chest off and on for a few years and i also have carpel tunnel and a glomus tumor. I've had ecg. It was fine. What could it be.?

A lot possibilities : Where is your glomus tumor? In the chest? If not, most likely all three issues are separate and distinct. If your family doc/internist has ruled out heart or lung issues then it could be a rib issue like torsion of a rib or costrochondritis. ...Read more

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How serious is a 12 x 8mm tumor?

How serious is a 12 x 8mm tumor?

Depends on site: A 12x 8 mm lesion is about 1/2 inch in size. If in pancreas it is dangerous, In lung it can be resected. If if muscle and malignant it can easily be removed. The aggressiveness also depends on the histologic grading where a low grade tumor can be cured and a high grade lesion has to be treated more aggressively. ...Read more

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Exactly where is the tumor located?

Exactly where is the tumor located?

Depends: Tumors can arise anywhere in the body (blood, lymph nodes, organs, bones, soft tissues...). ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in a tumor?

What symptoms are common in a tumor?

Depends: A tumor is just a fancy way to say "lump". There are benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors and the symptoms they cause depend on the location and the particular organ affected. ...Read more

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What is the hardest kind of tumor to remove ?

What is the hardest kind of tumor to remove ?

Major blood vessels: Resecting tumors requires removal of the tumor without getting into the tumor itself. Sometimes tumors involve other organs or even major blood vessels. This may require removing those structures and then reconstructing them which can sometimes be very tricky situations, even if possible. ...Read more