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Rare glomangiosarcoma of the tongue
  1. Sumetha Rajendran1,
  2. Arthur Harry Henderson2,
  3. Stuart Gillett2
  1. 1Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Bristol Medical School, Bristol, UK
  2. 2Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Bath, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sumetha Rajendran, sumetha.rajendran{at}


The glomus tumour is a rare neoplasm derived from the glomus apparatus. Subungual sites are most common with only three published cases involving the dorsal tongue. To our knowledge, this is the first case of an intraoral malignant glomus tumour (glomangiosarcoma) to be published in English literature. We report a case of a single glomus tumour located on the posterior dorsal tongue of a middle-aged man, which was surgically excised. Immunohistological features were indicative of a glomus tumour; however, in this case, malignant features were also discovered, warranting re-excision.

  • head and neck cancer
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • mouth
  • head and neck surgery
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  • Contributors SR: case report write-up. AHH: clinical photos, patient consent form and final draft edit. SG: own surgical case, provided outpatient notes and photos.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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

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