Controversies in the management of glomus tumors of the temporal bone

Lloyd B. Minor

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Glomus tumors of the temporal bone are histologically benign neoplasms with destructive potential related to their patterns of growth and extension. Understanding these routes of invasion assists the otolaryngologist head and neck surgeon in predicting cranial neuropathies and planning surgical approaches. The low incidence of these tumors makes comparison between different modes of treatment difficult. This article presents the surgical approaches used in resection of glomus tympanicum and jugulare tumors. Data from recent long-term follow-up series of patients treated with external beam radiation therapy, either primarily or following subtotal resection of glomus tumors, are also reviewed. Final selection of a therapeutic approach must be individualized as there are no universally agreed on criteria for choosing among the options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-202
Number of pages14
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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