Glomus tumour eroding the medial facet of the patella : A case report

Published online: Oct 27 2012

Ibrahim EL HACHMI, Emmanuel THIENPONT, Jacques MALGHEM, Mohamed EL HACHMI

From the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium


Glomus tumours are benign lesions occurring essentially in the hand, with a predilection for the subungueal area. Even though they have been reported in literature, extradigital localisations of glomus tumours are frequently misdiagnosed ; they never lead to bone osteolysis. We report the case of a patient who presented with a typical patellofemoral syndrome due to a glomus tumour that eroded the medial facet of the patella. MRI, which is the gold standard for the diagnosis, showed a well-delineated spherical tumour with enhancement after Gadolinium injection. CT Scan excluded an osteoid osteoma and showed the erosion of the patella. The lesion was surgically resected and the histological examination established the definitive diagnosis.