What is the prognosis of giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: James R Verheyden, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Goda et al have presented a new technique for the use of radiotherapy as an adjuvant modality to prevent local recurrence. [23] For retrospective studies, see Rodrigues et al, [24] Darwish and Haddad, [25] and Messoudi et al. [26] For a significant study in children, see Gholve et al. [27]

To the authors' knowledge, no cases of malignant degeneration of a benign giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath of the hand have been reported. These tumors also have no propensity to metastasize distally. A few sporadic cases of purported malignant giant cell tumors have been reported; however, most authors doubt that these malignant tumors exist, because this diagnosis is difficult to confirm.

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