Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Glomus Jugulare Tumor Overview

What is a glomus jugulare tumor?
A person with a glomus jugulare tumor has a benign tumor that grows in the bones of the skull and can affect the ear, upper neck, base of the skull and the surrounding nerves and blood vessels. Glomus jugulare tumors contain many blood vessels and occur primarily in women who are over the age of 50. These tumors are rare and slow-growing, making diagnosis often difficult.

What are the symptoms of a glomus jugulare tumor?
The symptoms of a glomus jugulare tumor include a hoarse voice, ear pain, hearing problems, tinnitus, difficulty swallowing, and facial weakness or a loss of movement in the face. Other symptoms that may occur include headache, sweating, pale skin, and nausea.

How does the doctor treat a glomus jugulare tumor?
Some cases of glomus jugulare tumor require no treatment. Treatment depends on the location, size, and presence of symptoms. Medications such as beta-blockers may be used to treat some glomus jugulare tumors. The treatment of a glomus jugulare tumor includes surgery to remove the tumor. In some cases, an embolization procedure can be performed to destroy the tumor. This involves the insertion of a catheter into an artery and the injection of a substance to block an artery that supplies the tumor.

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Last Updated: Jul 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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