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Poster Presentations: American Head and Neck Society
August 2006

P063 Surgical Treatment for Head and Neck Paragangliomas: Is It Possible to Minimize the Postoperative Complications?

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;132(8):878. doi:10.1001/archotol.132.8.878-b

Background: Surgery is usually the primary treatment but sometimes a more conservative policy such as “wait and scan” or radiation therapy may be preferred. The aim of this study was to review and analyze the surgical outcomes.

Methods: A retrospective review of 51 patients treated surgically by the Otolaryngology Department at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa, was performed from 1994 to 2003. We identified 15 men and 36 women grouped according to the anatomical location. The mean ages at diagnosis for jugulotympanic paraganglioma (JP), carotid body tumors (CBT), vagal paraganglioma (VP), and thyroid paraganglioma (TP) were 56 years, 39 years, 44 years, and 40 years, respectively.

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