Glomus tumors, also known as 'paragangliomas', are slow-developing and mostly benign tumors that are seen growing in the carotid artery in the neck, in the middle ear or below the middle ear in the jugular bulb.
Although, Glomus tumors are mostly benign, they may cause damage to the surrounding tissue as they develop larger in size eventually.
There are various symptoms that can be seen in case of Glomus tumors however the exact symptoms depend on the location of the paragangliomas.
The doctor will initially perform a complete physical examination to check for abnormal growth in the neck region and discuss the symptoms to determine the location of the tumors.
The doctor may also advise advanced diagnostic tests such as:
The main form of treatment for Glomus tumors is the highly-advanced minimally invasive expanded endonasal approach (EEA). This surgery uses the nasal passage (nostrils) to extract the tumor from the neck region.
This ultra-modern tumor removal technique requires the surgeon to make no incisions. The surgeon will simply remove the rear half of the nasal wall that divides the two nostrils. They surgeon will also remove a small part of the bone in the front portion of the para-nasal sinuses. This allows the surgeon to reach the base of the skull.
The tumors are removed with the guidance of advanced imaging techniques using endoscope. After the removal of the Glomus tumor, the surgeon will re-construct the skull base using a flap of tissue from the septal membrane and helps to prevent any complications.
This advanced and minimally invasive tumor removal technique is highly beneficial as it prevents the various complications from conventional skull base surgery, including infection and other side effects of brain retraction. The hospital stay after the surgery is considerably shorter as is the recovery time at home.
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