• Preoperative percutaneous transfemoral catheter embolization of feeding vessels in glomus jugulare tumors, followed by immediate application of standard surgical techniques, presents the treatment of choice, allowing meticulous microsurgery with virtually complete hemostasis. Therefore, the surgeon can operate in a bloodless environment throughout the compressed and intricate anatomic field, amidst such important yet vulnerable structures as cranial nerves, inner ear, carotid artery, jugular bulb, venous sinuses, and dura, while reducing surgical error and functional deficit for the patient. Review of the last 11 cases of glomus jugulare tumors at UCLA shows that even extensive Alford grade 2 tumors of the middle ear, jugular bulb, and mastoid had only minor blood losses with this combined technique of embolizationimmediate surgery, as compared with earlier surgical methods. Pertinent literature on glomus jugulare and its treatment is reviewed. Combined embolization and immediate surgery offer the best approach for treatment of resectable glomus jugulare tumors.
(Arch Otolaryngol 105:639-643, 1979)
Simpson GT, Konrad HR, Takahashi M, House J. Immediate Postembolization Excision of Glomus Jugulare Tumors: Advantages of New Combined Techniques. Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(11):639–643. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790230009002
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: