Paragangliomas form out of cells in the embryo from which the brain and spinal cord develop that arise along arterial vessels and cranial nerves in the head and neck. They are generally benign, slow growing tumors that, in the cranial base, can originate from the middle ear space (glomus tympanicum) and cause a unique symptom called pulsatile tinnitus, which is hearing the sound of the individual’s own pulse in the ear at all times.

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New York Head and Neck Institute

The New York Head and Neck Institute provides seamless, integrated care for people with diseases, disorders and tumors of the head and neck.