Bilateral glomus tympanicum tumors: Human temporalbone study

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Hisaki Fukushima *
Hirotaka Hara
Michael M. Paparella
Mohamed F. Oktay
Patricia A. Schachern
Sebahattin Cureoglu
(*) Corresponding Author:
Hisaki Fukushima |


To describe human temporal bones with bilateral glomus tympanicum tumors. Patient is 83-year-old black female who no pulsatile tinnitus. The histopathologic characteristics of human temporal bones after death were setting Department of Otolaryngology of University of Minnesota in USA. Histopathologic observation of temporal bones showed bilateral small glomus tympanicum tumors limited to the promontory. Although there was bilateral tinnitus, there was no pulsatile tinnitus, no conductive hearing loss and both of the tympanic membranes were intact. Histopathologic observation of temporal bones after death showed bilateral glomus tympanicum tumors. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of bilateral glomus tympanicum tumors.

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Mohamed F. Oktay, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Department of otolaryngology, University of Minnesota, MN, USA