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Paragangliomas of the head and neck region

Paweł Polanowski, Agnieszka Kotecka-Blicharz, Ewa Chmielik, Krzysztof Oleś, Andrzej Wygoda, Tomasz Rutkowski, Marek Kentnowski, Anna Zarudzka, Urszula Dworzecka, Bolesław Pilecki, Kinga Dębiec, Dorota Księżniak-Baran, Joanna Niedziałek, Agata Bieleń, Dominika Leś, Adam Brewczyński, Urszula Wojciechowska, Krzysztof Składowski
Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2018;68(3):132-139.

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Vol 68, No 3 (2018)
Review articles

Abstract

Paragangliomas of the head and neck are a group of neoplasms which occur very rarely. Most of them are benign tumours. Tinnitus, headaches and dysfunction of the cranial nerves are typical symptoms. Some paragangliomas have metastatic abilities and they can produce catecholamines. There are some typical imaging features in CT and MRI scans which help to determine the correct diagnosis without the necessity of performing a biopsy which can be associated with a haemorrhage risk. Therapeutic management consists of the choice between an active observation, surgical procedure, as well as radiotherapy and systemic therapy in the case of malignant paragangliomas.

Abstract

Paragangliomas of the head and neck are a group of neoplasms which occur very rarely. Most of them are benign tumours. Tinnitus, headaches and dysfunction of the cranial nerves are typical symptoms. Some paragangliomas have metastatic abilities and they can produce catecholamines. There are some typical imaging features in CT and MRI scans which help to determine the correct diagnosis without the necessity of performing a biopsy which can be associated with a haemorrhage risk. Therapeutic management consists of the choice between an active observation, surgical procedure, as well as radiotherapy and systemic therapy in the case of malignant paragangliomas.

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Keywords

paraganglioma, radiotherapy, stereotactic radiotherapy

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Title

Paragangliomas of the head and neck region

Journal

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

Issue

Vol 68, No 3 (2018)

Pages

132-139

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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2018;68(3):132-139.

Keywords

paraganglioma
radiotherapy
stereotactic radiotherapy

Authors

Paweł Polanowski
Agnieszka Kotecka-Blicharz
Ewa Chmielik
Krzysztof Oleś
Andrzej Wygoda
Tomasz Rutkowski
Marek Kentnowski
Anna Zarudzka
Urszula Dworzecka
Bolesław Pilecki
Kinga Dębiec
Dorota Księżniak-Baran
Joanna Niedziałek
Agata Bieleń
Dominika Leś
Adam Brewczyński
Urszula Wojciechowska
Krzysztof Składowski

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