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July 1968

Glomus Jugulare Tumors: I. Historical Background

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Otolaryngological Department of The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(1):3-5. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010005003

ON APRIL 18, 1942, at The Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York city, I operated upon a patient with a bleeding mass which arose in the middle ear and protruded from his left ear canal. The excised tumor tissue was identical in every characteristic with proven benign carotid body tumors1,2 removed from the typical site in the neck. The presence of a carotid body-like tumor in the middle ear and mastoid bone without any clinically demonstrable tumor in the neck had never hitherto been described, hence my reluctance to report such a finding. When I found Dr. Stacy Guild's3 brief communication in the Anatomical Record, describing "A Hitherto Unrecognized Structure, The Glomus Jugulare In Man," I felt that one could postulate that the tumor I had removed could have developed from the glomus jugulare structure described by Guild. It was three years later, in 1945, when my original