Glomus tympanicum tumors

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2015 Apr;48(2):293-304. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2014.12.004. Epub 2015 Feb 4.


Glomus tympanicum (GT) tumors are benign arising from paraganglion cells of the tympanic plexus in the middle ear. Although surgical resection remains the best option for definitive treatment of these tumors, the diagnostic and management algorithms have evolved considerably with the introduction of high-resolution computed tomography, MRI, and genetic testing.

Keywords: Glomus tympanicum; Middle ear tumor; Tympanic paraganglioma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ear Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Ear Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Ear, Middle / surgery*
  • Genetic Testing
  • Glomus Tympanicum Tumor / pathology*
  • Glomus Tympanicum Tumor / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Prognosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed