2004, Number 2
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ABSTRACTIntroduction: Glomus tumors are frequent in our country. They have a familial-type presentation, with an autosomal dominant character, frequent in young people, with an average age of 38 years.
Material and Methods: A description of tomographic, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and angiographic (with digital substraction) findings, as well as bibliographic data on head and neck glomus tumors is carried out, and there is a brief description on the pre-surgical embolization technique used in jugular, vagal and tympanic type glomus.
Conclusions: Head and neck glomus tumors have a very specific appearance in tomography, MRI and angiography, localization of these vascularized tumors is what defines the difference in their classification. Depending on the predominant tumor irrigation, they can be feasible for embolization or not.
Discussion: When non-invasive imaging techniques have been used to adequately define the type of glomus tumor, digital substraction angiography (DSA) can be useful in defining the tumor’s irrigation and for pre-surgical embolization of the glomus to avoid bleeding.
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