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April 1987

Paraganglioma of the Temporal Bone in Infancy: A Congenital Lesion?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, England. Dr Choa is now with the Hospital for Sick Children and the Royal National Throat, Nose, and Ear Hospital, London.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(4):421-424. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860040083024

• Jugulotympanic glomus tumors have been called many things, but "paraganglioma of the temporal bone" is perhaps a more suitable term. This tumor is generally described as benign with a predilection for middle-aged women. Herein we report the case of an 11-month-old female infant with this condition. The extensiveness of the tumor with intracranial involvement at presentation suggests that the lesion might have been present for some time and raises the question of it being congenital in origin. We emphasize the overall importance of including paraganglioma of the temporal bone in the differential diagnosis of a "bleeding polyp" of the ear.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:421-424)

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