Characteristics, Management Techniques, and Outcomes of the Most Common Soft-Tissue Hand Tumors: A Literature Review and Our Experience

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Abstract

Introduction

Diagnosis of the hand's soft-tissue tumors is often difficult because of the different anatomic structures present in this region and yet clinicians must be able to distinguish typical benign entities from life-threatening or limb-threatening malignant diseases.

Materials and Methods

At the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Palermo, 629 patients with hand tumors were studied. Treatment was surgical for all of them; also radiotherapy and chemotherapy were necessary based on the histological diagnosis.

Conclusions

Our retrospective study with a literature review aims to present the most commonly observed soft-tissue hand lesions, analyzing their causes, their objective and instrumental evaluation, and their treatments.

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