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MINERVA ORTOPEDICA E TRAUMATOLOGICA
A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology
Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2001 April;52(2):113-8
A rare case of giant cells tumor of the hand flexor tendon in children
Cussotti S., Linari A., Matteoni E., Scotto Di Luzio A.
A case of giant cells tumor of the hand flexor tendon in children is presented. It is very hard to identify this kind of tumors because several different classifications have been published. The classification proposed by Jaffe, Liechtenstein and Sutro in 1941 is the most accepted at present. These tumors have been rarely examined in the literature. The case described in this paper is a little twelve-year-old girl with a tumor of the flexor tendon on the third finger in the first phalanx of the right hand. The RMN didn't allow to make a clear diagnosis and the whole tumor was removed. The histological examination allowed a definite diagnosis. Three months later, the clinical follow-up and the RMN didn't show any local relapses. This kind of tumor has to be followed-up because of the local frequent relapse and the risk of metastases, however rare. The radical excision is the resolutive treatment.