Tumours in the hand

Fortunately tumours in the hand and wrist are rare and are mostly benign.  Benign tumours may grow locally, and may come back after they have been removed, but they do not spread to other parts of the body.

Malignant tumours are very uncommon.

Bone tumours
The commonest bone tumour is an enchondroma. This is an area of bone that has abnormal cartilage cells.  The xray below shows that the middle phalanx of the little finger (arrowed) has a different texture to that of the adjacent ring finger.  This tumour normally may be simply treated by curettage (scraping out the tumour).