Abstract

A 69-year-old man presented with a 20-year history of a slowly enlarging mass of the left index finger dating from a hammer injury. The mass was excised, and seen to have the characteristic histological appearance of an elastofibroma, a benign tumour-like growth usually found in the soft tissue of the back. Such a lesion has not previously been documented in the hand, which we consider surprising in view of the generally accepted traumatic aetiology of this entity and the susceptibility of the hand to injury.