Giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath

Case contributed by Dr Mark Holland


Presented to the GP with a painless mass around the flexor aspect of the proximal PIP joint of the right index finger

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Female

Vascular, hyporeflective mass along the superficial surface of the flexor tendon

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates the ultrasound appearance of a giant cell tumor of tendon sheath.

50% of cases are diagnosed in patients younger than 40 years of age, with a peak incidence between 40-50 years of age. There is a slight female predilection.

They are associated with degenerative joint disease, especially in the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint. 

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Case information

rID: 19310
Published: 25th Aug 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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