Stereotactic radiosurgery for glomus jugulare tumors

Jennifer A. Jordan, Peter S. Roland, Chris McManus, Richard L. Weiner, Cole A. Giller

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Objectives/Hypothesis: Surgery is considered to be the mainstay of treatment for glomus jugulare tumors. A subset of patients are poor surgical candidates based on age, medical problems, tumor size, or prior treatment failure. The purpose of this study was to review our results with stereotactic radiosurgery (gamma knife treatment) in this group of patients, with particular attention to adverse reactions and symptom relief. Study Design: Retrospective review and phone survey. Methods: Charts were reviewed for size and location of tumor, history of previous treatment, symptoms before and after treatment, amount of radiation received, acute and late complications, and functional level before and after treatment. Pretreatment and posttreatment magnetic resonance imaging scans were also reviewed. Identified patients were then contacted for a phone interview. Results: Eight patients were identified. Phone interviews were conducted with four patients. Four patients had failed previous treatment. Follow-up ranged from 7 to 104 months. One patient experienced an acute complication: intractable vertigo requiring hospitalization. No patient experienced delayed cranial neuropathies. No patient reported worsening of any of the following symptoms: pulsatile tinnitus, hearing loss, facial weakness, hoarseness, or difficulty swallowing. Three patients reported improvement in their pulsatile tinnitus. Two patients reported improvement in hearing loss, and one patient each reported improvement in vertigo and difficulty swallowing. Conclusions: Preliminary results suggest that stereotactic radiosurgery is useful to control symptoms and may be delivered safely in patients with primary or recurrent glomus jugulare tumors who are poor surgical candidates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Glomus jugulare
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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