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Neurosurg Focus. 2009 Dec;27(6):E5. doi: 10.3171/2009.9.FOCUS09195.

Radiosurgery for glomus jugulare: history and recent progress.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA.


In this article the authors review the literature for recent studies of radiosurgical treatment for glomus jugulare. These studies demonstrate that radiosurgery results in similar glomus jugulare tumor control and a superior morbidity profile compared with surgical treatment. In addition, patients treated with radiosurgery usually remain stable clinically or improve. Given the indolent nature of these tumors, however, more follow-up is required to ensure that the immediate benefits are lasting. These preliminary reports demonstrate that the use of radiosurgery as a primary treatment for glomus jugulare should be extended to encompass more of the patients who are currently assigned to microsurgical treatment.

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