Stereotactic radiosurgery of glomus jugulare tumors: current concepts, recent advances and future perspectives

CNS Oncol. 2015;4(2):105-14. doi: 10.2217/cns.14.56.


Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), a very highly focused form of therapeutic irradiation, has been widely recognized as a viable treatment option in the management of intracranial pathologies including benign tumors, malign tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders. The applications of SRS are continuously expanding thanks to the ever-increasing advances and corresponding improvements in neuroimaging, radiation treatment techniques, equipment, treatment planning and delivery systems. In the context of glomus jugulare tumors (GJT), SRS is being more increasingly used both as the upfront management modality or as a complementary or salvage treatment option. As its safety and efficacy is being evident with compiling data from studies with longer follow-up durations, SRS appears to take the lead in the management of most patients with GJT. Herein, we address current concepts, recent advances and future perspectives in SRS of GJT in light of the literature.

Keywords: Cyber knife; Gamma knife; glomus jugulare tumor; linear accelerator; paraganglioma; stereotactic radiosurgery.

MeSH terms

  • Glomus Jugulare Tumor / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Radiosurgery / instrumentation
  • Radiosurgery / methods*