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Glomus jugulare tumors


Other Names for this Disease
  • Glomus tumor
  • Paraganglioma - glomus jugulare
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Overview

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.[1]  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.[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.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Glomus tumor
  • Paraganglioma - glomus jugulare
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.