What are Giant Cell Tumors?

Giant Cell Tumor TreatmentGiant cell tumors of the hands (also known as giant-cell synovioma and localized nodular tenosynovitis) are benign (non-cancerous) soft tissue growths that typically develop in the tendon sheath of the fingers, hands, and wrists. While anyone can technically develop a giant cell tumor in the fingers or wrists, they tend to be most common in men and women between the ages of 20 to 50. After ganglion cysts, giant cell tumors are the most common hand tumors.

Symptoms of Giant Cell Tumors in the Tendon Sheath

Tendon sheath tumors can cause pain and affect movement of the affected fingers. The tendon sheath is the layer of flexible membrane that surrounds the tendon and allows it to stretch, as well as prevents the tendon from attaching to the fascia muscle that surrounds it. The development of a giant cell tumor, most commonly on the index or middle finger, can interfere with full range of motion of the finger.

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Treatment Options for Giant Cell Tumors in the Fingers

Due to the location of most giant cell tendon sheath tumors on the palm side of the index and middle fingers, they can significantly impair full use of the hand, interfering with work, driving, and every day activities. Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice uses state of the art, minimally invasive hand surgery techniques available at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix to diagnose each patient, and determine the appropriate method of treatment. Dr. Fitzmaurice uses ultrasound imaging and performs a comprehensive physical exam. Removal of a giant cell tumor simply requires a small incision and local anesthesia.

Contact an Expert Hand Surgeon and Giant Cell Tumor Specialist in Phoenix Today!

If you are experiencing pain or digital mobility issues as the result of a giant cell tumor, or need treatment or a second opinion for a hand injury or condition, contact the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute today at (480) 526-5106 to learn more about diagnostic and minimally invasive treatment options with leading hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice.

Next, read more about Ganglion Cysts.