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Original Articles
May 1958

Chemodectoma or Tumor of the Glomus Jugulare and Tympanic Bodies

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(5):556-559. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010570010

I have been fortunate since first I drew attention to glomus jugulare tumors in my country in 1952 to have collected quite a considerable series (23 cases) and to have seen or had close follow-up information about six others by the courtesy of colleagues.

In this brief paper I have endeavored to show in tabular form the results of our experience of clinical types and methods of treatment.

The great preponderance of women is well shown in Table 1.

The length of history in a high proportion of cases emphasizes the very slow rate of progress in these tumors. Table 2 gives an indication of the symptoms complained of or signs found.

Two cases were associated with carotid body tumors, one on the same, the other on the contralateral side.

Three of the patients with intratympanic tumors did not complain of deafness and were only slightly deaf on examination.