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ICD-9-CM 39.8

A glomectomy is an excision of a glomus body or a glomus cell, usually in the case of a glomus tumor. This operation was formerly performed for the treatment of severe, chronic asthma,[1] but has since been abandoned for this purpose due to its lack of efficacy.[2][3]


  1. ^ Overholt, RH (1961). "Glomectomy for Asthma" (PDF). Chest. 40 (6): 605–10. doi:10.1378/chest.40.6.605. 
  2. ^ "Glomectomy For Asthma: 'No Benefits'". JAMA. 197 (2): 32. 1966. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110020018006. 
  3. ^ Segal, MS; Dulfano, MJ (1965). "Glomectomy in the Treatment of Chronic Bronchial Asthma — A Report of Fifteen Unsuccessful Cases". N Engl J Med. 272 (2): 57–63. doi:10.1056/NEJM196501142720201.