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Glomus jugulare paraganglioma

Case contributed by Dr Abdulmajid Bawazeer


The patient came complaining of gradually increased right neck and shoulder pain and numbness as well as pulsatile tinnitus in the right ear.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

There is soft tissue mass lesion within the right jugular foramen which expands and erodes the adjacent petrous bone.


There is avidly enhancing soft tissue mass lesion within right jugular foramen extending to the infra-temporal fossa and causing mass effect on the right internal carotid artery and Jugular vein. The mass appears hypo-intense on T1 weighted images and hyper-intense with salt and pepper appearance on T2 weighted images without diffusion restriction.

Case Discussion

Glomus jugulare tumors are rare, slow-growing, hypervascular tumors that arise within the jugular foramen of the temporal bone and frequently involve the lower cranial nerves causing different syndromes depending on affected nearby structures.

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Case information

rID: 70120
Published: 26th Mar 2020
Last edited: 27th Mar 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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