'I was told I had a fracture - but it was a tumour and now I'm missing a finger'

Teenager with hand injury
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A woman has shared how a misdiagnosis cost her one of her fingers. On TikTok, Natalie Garcia, who goes by the username @Princessnatixo_, claims she was told her swollen finger was 'just a fracture', at first.

However, as the video progresses, she explains she was actually suffering from a tumour. By the end of the video, she is left with three fingers on her right hand after having the affected one amputated.

The minute-long video has now been viewed more than 31.4 million times. In the caption, Natalie writes: "Such a roller coaster #giantcelltumor."

In the opening clip, her finger looks slightly swollen. "My finger when I was told it was just a 'fracture'," she explains.

One month after the surgery, her finger grows significantly larger with a bump to one side. Three months later, the bump looks painfully swollen and larger.

She says she had surgery a second time, but it failed. As a result she was administered chemotherapy in hopes to shrink the tumour.

Three months after chemo, she shows how her finger became dislocated because of the tumour. Before her amputation surgery, she shares a clip of her finger, dark in colour and crooked. The last clip shows what her hand looks like now, with her middle finger gone.

As the video grew in views, Natalie took to the comment section. She explained further: "Let me just say I was misdiagnosed with a fracture for 2 months, until they saw my bone was deteriorating. And referred me to a hand specialist who said it was a tumour.

"But with every tumour removal surgery, the finger just kept getting worse because the tumour kept growing back and destroying the bone. So while on chemo to shrink the tumour it started dislocating and I showed my surgeon pics but he kept saying my fingers looked good and fine from December 2023 till March 2023.

"Until I had to finally speak up for myself and advocate for him to check it, and that’s when I got a second opinion. But it was too late my finger couldn’t be saved so my new surgeon did an amputation."

What is giant cell tumour?

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, a giant cell tumour is a rare, aggressive, noncancerous tumour. It often grows near a joint at the end of the bone. Most occur in the long bones of the legs and arms.

They most often occur in adults between ages 20 and 40, when skeletal bone growth is complete. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, and limited movement.

The goal for treatment of a giant cell tumour is often to remove the tumour and prevent damage to the affected bone. Tumours that can’t be removed surgically can often be controlled and sometimes destroyed with radiation therapy. Giant cell tumours can come back.