Differentiating deep blue lesions

These were compressible and there were other single blue tumours elsewhere on his body. An excision biopsy of one of the lesions revealed it to be a glomangioma. These are vascular tumours composed of vessels, smooth muscle and glomus cells. The latter act to regulate blood flow between the arterial and venous systems in the skin. Usually glomus tumours are found under the nail and present with a bluish subungual discolouration and local pain. Rare cases of multiple glomangiomas have been reported with neurofibromatosis, so check for multiple café au lait spots and axillary freckling. For other images see www.skinconsult.com.au