Glomus jugulare tumors are rare growths that arise in the jugular foramen of the temporal bone near the skull base. Common surgical treatments for glomus jugulare tumors are craniotomy and endoscopic endonasal surgery, and nonsurgical treatment is stereotactic radiosurgery. At Columbia’s Skull Base Tumor Center, our neurosurgeons specialize in providing care for patients with these tumors.
Usually slow-growing and benign, glomus jugulare tumors are a type of paraganglioma. Glomus jugulare tumors arise from glomus cells located within the outermost wall of the jugular bulb. These highly vascular tumors obtain blood supply from the external carotid artery and internal carotid artery and can extend into the middle ear and brain. In rare instances, these tumors can secrete catecholamines, and in 4 percent of cases, the tumors metastasize.
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