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Glomus jugulare tumors
Other Names for this Disease
- Glomus tumor
- Paraganglioma - glomus jugulare
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A glomus jugulare tumor develops when cells in nerves near the temporal bone of the skull begin to rapidly increase in number, forming a mass. This tumor gets its name from the nerves, called glomus bodies, and their location in a small opening in the temporal bone, known as the jugulare foramen. Glomus jugulare tumors are included in a group of tumors called paragangliomas. They are usually benign, meaning cells in the tumor are unlikely to spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms of a glomus jugulare tumor include dizziness, difficulty swallowing, hearing issues, pain, or weakness in the muscles of the face. Treatment includes surgery to remove the tumor, sometimes followed by radiation therapy.
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- PubMed Health. Glomus jugulare tumor. A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002600/. Accessed January 28, 2013.
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