|glomus tumour||medical dictionary|
A blue-red, extremely painful paraganglioma involving a glomeriform arteriovenous anastomosis (glomus body), which may be found anywhere in the skin, most often in the distal portion of the fingers and toes, especially beneath the nail. They may also occur in the stomach and nasal cavity. It is composed of specialised pericytes (sometimes termed glomus cells), usually in single encapsulated nodular masses which may be several millimetres in diameter. When located in the usual subungual site, the abundant innervation makes the tumour exquisitely painful; when located elsewhere, the glomus tumour is painless.
American spelling: glomus tumor
(12 Dec 1998)
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