The Basic Science of Glomus Jugulare Tumors

Jason Heth, M.D.


Neurosurg Focus. 2004;17(2) 

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Glomus jugulare tumors are a member of the fascinating glomus tumor family. These generally benign lesions are a challenge to resect completely while avoiding cranial nerve morbidity. Although modern microsurgical techniques have enabled good progress toward these goals, a noninvasive method to eradicate glomus jugulare tumors would certainly be welcome. The genetic and molecular biological understanding of these tumors has expanded significantly in the past decade. Concomitantly, the nature of the angiogenic process during tumor development has been actively investigated. Continued research in these areas may yield molecular-level therapies to treat glomus jugulare tumors. This would be a critical step forward in their treatment.