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A rare tumour of hand: angioleiomyoma
  1. Mahesh Suresh Kulkarni,
  2. Sandeep Vijayan,
  3. Monappa Naik,
  4. Sharath Kumar Rao
  1. Department of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College Manipal, Manipal University, Manipal, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mahesh Suresh Kulkarni, maheshskulkarnibmc{at},{at}


Angioleiomyoma is a benign tumour composed of smooth muscle and vascular tissue. Because of the paucity of smooth muscles in the hand other than tunica media of the blood vessels, its occurrence is quite rare in the hand and only few cases are reported in the English literature. We present the case of a 49-year-old man with benign painless swelling on the dorsum of hand. Differential diagnosis of ganglion cyst and tendon sheath tumour were considered. However, excision biopsy revealed angioleiomyoma. At 2-year follow-up, the patient remained asymptomatic with no evidence of recurrence.

  • Orthopaedics
  • Pathology
  • Orthopaedic and trauma surgery
  • Oncology

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  • Contributors MSK was responsible for the study concept and design; carried out the literature search. SV and MN were responsible for initial proof reading. SV, MN and SKR critically reviewed the manuscript for important intellectual content. SKR was the study supervisor. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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