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Elaine Griffin Galindez, MD
(423) 877-1065
2051 Hamill Rd Ste 104
Hixson, TN
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1982

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B Winfred Ruffner Jr, MD
(423) 886-3743
3021 E Brow Rd
Signal Mountain, TN
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1964

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Lawrence Steven Nagle, MD
(423) 266-4764
979 E 3rd St # S-A0540
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Gender
Male
Languages
German, Russian
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Erlanger Med Ctr, Chattanooga, Tn; Parkridge Med Ctr, Chattanooga, Tn
Group Practice: University Oncology & Hematology Assoc

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Charles W Kimsey, MD
(423) 265-5044
1000 E 3rd St
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1952

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Darrell Ray Johnson, MD
(423) 698-1844
605 Glenwood Dr Ste 200 Memorial Plz
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tn
Group Practice: Chattanooga Oncology Assoc

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Howell B Dalton Jr, MD
(423) 877-3082
2051B Hamill Rd
Hixson, TN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kasturba Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1982

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Jere T W Licciardello, MD
(423) 339-1133
400 Berywood Trl NW Ste C
Cleveland, TN
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1977

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Eric J Gratia, MR
(423) 778-7289
910 Blackford St
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Darrell R Johnson
(423) 698-1844
605 Glenwood Dr
Chattanooga, TN
Specialty
Hematology, Hematology / Oncology, Medical Oncology

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Charles A Portera
(423) 622-2494
721 Glenwood Dr
Chattanooga, TN
Specialty
Surgical Oncology

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What To Do About Benign Tumors of the Hand

Benign tumors may not spread and cause death but they can create significant problems just the same. Tumors of the hand (the focus of this article) can wrap themselves around nerves, cut off blood supply, and cause fractures. Undiagnosed and untreated, they can invade surrounding soft tissues and eat away at the bone causing significant loss of motion, deformity, and disability.

Although benign tumors of the hand are fairly common, there are no large studies comparing one treatment to another. Therefore, today's modern treatment is largely based on the hand surgeon's experience and what little information can be gleaned from case studies published in medical journals.

That's why these two hand surgeons combined their knowledge and expertise in presenting an up-to-date review on benign tumors of the bone and soft tissues of the hand. They base their recommendations on studies that are available and on their own experiences. The authors point out the fact that many tumors in the hand are treated based on similar tumors in other parts of the body, not necessarily from experience or evidence with hand tumors.

Benign tumors under consideration can affect the bone (e.g., osteoid osteoma, cysts, giant cell tumors), cartilage (e.g., osteochondroma, enchondroma, periosteal chondroma, fibromas), fat/connective tissue (e.g., lipomas, giant cell tumor of tendon sheath), nerves (e.g., Schwannoma, neurofibroma), and blood vessels (e.g., glomus tumor).

The authors discuss each one of these benign tumors, their clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment. The diagnosis is made when patients observe an odd lump under the skin or hard bump on the bone. Concern about what this might be brings them into see the doctor. Pain, swelling, and local tenderness are the most common symptoms (when symptoms are present).

X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests (CT scan, MRI) and biopsy help make the diagnosis. Many times, it's quite obvious that the problem is a benign tumor of the hand so biopsy isn't necessary.

Conservative (nonoperative) care may be possible for some tumors. Aspirin for pain management seems to work well for osteoid osteomas (benign bone tumors). Radiofrequency ablation (a heat treatment) has been tried for other tumors of this type elsewhere in the body.

A few studies have been published with mixed results of radiofrequency ablation with hand tumors. The structures of the hand are so small, it's easy to damage the small bones of the hand, as well as the tiny nerves, and blood vessels.

But many tumors must be carefully removed, a procedure called surgical excision. If a large amount of bone is removed, bone replacement called grafting may be needed to fill in the hole. When the cartilage is involved, the surgeon does everything possible to preserve the joint surface.

If bone fracture has already occurred (and that's why the patient was diagnosed), treatment involves removing the tumor as well as healing t...

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