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Keywords:

  • giant-cell tumor;
  • phalanx of hand;
  • fine-needle aspiration cytology

Abstract

Giant-cell tumor (GCT) of bone arising from phalanx of a finger is extremely rare. Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in their study on 900 treated cases of GCT from 1947–1997 reported only 0.9% incidence of GCT in bones of the hand. There was no case of GCT of the phalanges in that series. We report here a case of GCT of bone arising from phalanx of finger because of its very unusual location. The tumor was diagnosed on the basis of fine-needle aspiration cytology and confirmed by histopathology. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.