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Glomus jugulare tumors


Other Names for this Disease
  • Glomus tumor
  • Paraganglioma - glomus jugulare
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What causes a glomus jugulare tumor?

The exact cause of glomus jugulare tumors is unknown.  Most glomus jugulare tumors develop by chance in individuals who have no family history of this condition.  However, in some families, multiple relatives are affected by glomus jugulare tumors, which indicates there may be an inherited risk factor (genetic predisposition) that increases the chance of developing this disease.[1]  Changes (mutations) in the SDHD gene have been identified as an inherited risk factor in some glomus jugulare tumors.[2]
Last updated: 1/28/2013

References
  1. Pluta RM. Glomus Tumors. Medscape Reference. September 2012; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/251009-overview. Accessed 1/28/2013.
  2. PubMed Health. Glomus jugulare tumor. A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. March 2012; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002600/. Accessed 1/28/2013.