Jugular vein invasion rate in surgically operated paragangliomas: A multimodality retrospective study

Emanuele Orru, Merve Gursoy, Philippe Gailloud, Ari M. Blitz, John P. Carey, Alessandro Olivi, David M. Yousem

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Purpose: To assess the rate of jugular vein (JV) invasion by paragangliomas and imaging's ability to predict invasion. Methods: Imaging studies of patients with paragangliomas were evaluated for JV invasion. Rates of invasion by different paragangliomas and each modality's accuracy were determined. Results: JV invasion occurred in 11/11 glomus jugulares (GJs), 3/5 glomus vagales, and 2/8 carotid body tumors. Accuracy for magnetic resonance imaging (92.3%), computed tomography (92.3%), and digital subtraction angiography (94.1%) was comparable. Conclusions: JV invasion is characteristic of but not specific to GJs. All modalities show high accuracy in detecting invasion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-820
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Carotid body tumor
  • Glomus jugulare
  • Glomus vagale
  • Jugular vein
  • Paraganglioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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