Paraganglioma

Paragangliomas, sometimes called glomus tumours, are slow growing tumours arising from non-chromaffin paraganglion cells that are scattered throughout the body from the base of skull to the bladder.

Paragangliomas will be discussed separately depending on their location:

Terminology

Paragangliomas are sometimes referred to as glomus tumours although this gives rise to confusion with glomangioma, a tumour of the glomus body in the skin and soft tissues and should thus be avoided.

Pathology

Location

Paragangliomas can occur anywhere in the body where there is a paraganglia and are divided according to their location:

Histology

Histologically they contain nests of polygonal cells (Zellballen) enclosed by trabeculating fibrous components and sustentacular cells.

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Article Information

rID: 1843
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Paraganglioma
  • Glomus tumour
  • Paragangliomas
  • Paraganglioma : general
  • Glomus tumours

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