Paragangliomas of the head and neck region, also known as glomus tumours, are mostly benign tumours of neuro-ectodermal origin. We mapped the familial form by linkage analysis in 6 families to chromosome region 11q22-q23, between the markers STMY and CD3D which currently span a 16-cM interval. Here, we performed detailed haplotype analysis of this region in a single Dutch multibranch 7-generation family. A region of 2 cM between the markers D11S938/D11S4122 and D11S1885 was shared between all patients of whom disease haplotypes could be reconstructed. In support of this localization, a recombination observed in a small French family with 2 affected nieces places the PGL gene proximal to marker D11S908, genetically coincident with D11S1885.