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Am J Otolaryngol. 1999 May-Jun;20(3):176-9.

Giant cell tumors of the jugular foramen.

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Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To review the diagnosis and treatment of giant cell tumors of the jugular foramen.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A typical case is reported. Symptoms, signs, and diagnostic studies are reviewed. Photomicrographs and angiographic studies showing the differences between these and glomus jugulare tumors are provided. A coherent approach to their management is presented.

RESULTS:

These hypervascular, traditionally radioresistant tumors may cause pulsatile tinnitus, conductive hearing loss, and lower cranial nerve paresis. Angiographic studies showed a hypervascular lesion supplied by numerous small branches of the external carotid artery, making embolization difficult. Complete resection was achieved by an infratemporal fossa approach with preoperative embolization.

CONCLUSION:

Giant cell tumors of the temporal bone may mimic glomus jugulare tumors with respect to anatomic location, cranial nerve deficits, and vascularity.

PMID:
10326755
DOI:
10.1016/s0196-0709(99)90068-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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