Vol 45, No 3 (2011)

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Early and long-term results of the treatment of jugular paragangliomas using different ranges of surgical approach

Piotr Ładziński1, Henryk Majchrzak1, Wojciech Kaspera1, Mariusz Maliszewski1, Krzysztof Majchrzak1, Michał Tymowski1, Piotr Adamczyk1
DOI: 10.1016/S0028-3843(14)60074-8
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2011;45(3):213-225.


Background and purpose

The applied approach to the jugular foramen is a combination of the juxtacondylar approach with the subtemporal fossa approach type A. The purpose of this study is to present our results of treatment of jugular paragangliomas using the aforementioned approach.

Material and methods

Twenty-one patients (15 women, 6 men) with jugular paragangliomas were included in the study. The neurological status of the patients was assessed before and after surgery as well as at the conclusion of treatment. The approximate volume of the tumour, its relation to large blood vessels, cranial nerves and brainstem, as well as consistency and vascularity were also assessed.


The duration of symptoms ranged from 3 to 74 months. In 86% of patients hearing loss was the predominant symptom. The less frequent symptoms included pulsatile tinnitus in the head, dysphagia and dizziness. Approximate volume of the tumours ranged from 2 to 109 cm3. A gross total resection was achieved in 71.5% of patients. The postoperative performance status improved in 38% of patients, did not change in 38% and deteriorated in 24% of patients.


A proper selection of the range of the approach to jugular foramen paragangliomas based on their topography and volume reduces perioperative injury without negative consequences for the radicality of the resection.

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