Glomus tympanicum paraganglioma

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Long date progressive dizziness and hearing loss on the right.

Patient Data

Age: 55-year-old
Gender: Female

Tumor slightly high on T2 and FLAIR, with vivid contrast enhancement, partially obliterating the right middle ear, extending through the hypotympanum, surrounding the cochlear promontory until reaching the carotid canal. It contours and spares the cochlea. The mastoid antrum is obliterated causing accumulation of fluid on the right. 

Case Discussion

The imaging features are those of a glomus tympanicum paraganglioma, which is the most common tumor of the middle ear cavity. Unfortunately, this case was not confirmed histologically and this diagnosis is just supported by the radiological characteristics. 

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Case information

rID: 43056
Published: 25th May 2016
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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