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November 1979

Immediate Postembolization Excision of Glomus Jugulare Tumors: Advantages of New Combined Techniques

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Head and Neck Surgery and the Neuroradiology Section, UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, Los Angeles. Dr Simpson is now at Boston University Medical Center. Dr Konrad is now with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(11):639-643. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790230009002

• 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)

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