• A young woman who had a right glomus jugulare paraganglioma had diffuse pulmonary metastases three years after surgical excision of the paraganglioma. Associated with these developments were profound anemia and an extraordinarily rapid ESR. These findings have been previously noted in patients with metastatic paraganglioma and have not as yet, to our knowledge, had a satisfactory explanation. Noteworthy in our patient was a diminished serum erythropoietin level, which may indicate that metastatic paragangliomas inhibit production of or interfere with maintenance of serum erythropoietin. Symptomatic palliation of the severe anemia was attained in this patient by injections of nandrolone decanoate. Follow-up examinations of patients with paragangliomas should include surveillance of the CBCs and ESR, both of which may reflect tumor activity.
(Arch Otolaryngol 1983;109:269-272)
Schwartz ML, Israel HL. Severe Anemia as a Manifestation of Metastatic Jugular Paraganglioma. Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(4):269–272. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800180067014
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