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Cancer Genetics

Tendon Tumors

02/04/2004

Question:

Could you please tell me the approximate number of tendon tumors in the hand that are malignant? Also, would that type of hand tumor grow larger as time goes on?

Answer:

I believe this would be best answered by your physician. If you or a relative have a tumor on a tendon in your hand, this would have to be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine whether it was malignant. Not all tumors that continue to grow are necessarily malignant, but they may still cause problems by pinching a nerve or restricting motion of the joints. A careful evaluation will let you know whether anything needs to be done to correct this. 

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Duane D Culler, PhD, MS Duane D Culler, PhD, MS
Clinical Instructor of Genetics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University