Giant Cell Tumor of the Phalanx of Finger: Case Reports


  • Pamudji Utomo Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, Prof. Dr. R. Soeharso Orthopaedics Hospital/Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret
  • Mujaddid Idulhaq Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, Prof. Dr. R. Soeharso Orthopaedics Hospital/Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret
  • Ambar Mudigdo Department of Pathology and Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret
  • Okkie Mharga Sentana Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, Prof. Dr. R. Soeharso Orthopaedics Hospital/Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret


Background: Giant cell tumor (GCT) of bone arising from aphalanx of finger is extremely rare. Although, the occurrence of GCT in the hands is a rare, it has been reported that GCT of the small bones (small-bone GCT) carries a higher risk of local recurrence and metastasis than conventional GCT.

Subjects and Method: We report two cases of GCT arising from a phalanx of a hand finger. First patient was treated with wide excision of the tumor and fusion with fibular bone graft with the help of a K-wire. Second patient was treated by excision of tumour (Curretage) with allograft bonegraft for bone defect.

Results: At their most recent follow-ups (4 months, respectively), both were recurrence free and had returned to their previous occupational and recreational activities.

Conclusion: The effectiveness of these methods in the treatment and prevention of recurrence is still under discussion and there is no gold standard for treating GCT.

Keywords: GCT, phalanx of finger, excision, illiac crest bonegraft, allograft

Correspondence: Pamudji Utomo. Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret. Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Surakarta, Central Java. Email:

Indonesian Journal of Medicine (2019), 4(1): 65-74


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