Glomus Jugulare Tumor (Chemodectoma)

  • Ludwig G. Kempe


Glomus jugulare tumors have their origin from a small (0.25–0.5 mm.) group of cells in the adventitia of the jugular bulb. These paraganglia have recently been identified in different places in the petrous bone such as in the tympanic branch of the glossopharyngeal nerve, in the canaliculus tympanicus and in the submucosa of the promentory1. Glomus jugulare tumors receive their blood supply from the ascending pharyngeal artery. This observation is important in the surgical removal of these vascular tumors. It is often wise to ligate not only the external carotid artery but the ascending pharyngeal artery as well.


Internal Jugular Vein Transverse Process Glomus Tumor Sigmoid Sinus Jugular Bulb 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ludwig G. Kempe
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  1. 1.Col.USA

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