Mount Sinai neurotologists are experts in endoscopic ear surgery, a minimally invasive approach that is only performed in a small number of centers, and in glomus tumors, which are very vascular and bloody, benign tumors of the middle ear and jugular bulb. Glomus tumors are a subset of what are known as paragangliomas, which may be located throughout the head and neck (glomus jugulare, carotid body tumors, glomus vagale) as well as other parts of the body (pheochromocytoma). While typically benign, they may cause hearing loss, pulsatile tinnitus, and difficulty swallowing/speaking depending on their size and where they are located. This particular case is that of a glomus tympanicum, a smaller variant that is confined to behind the ear drum. Glomus tympanicum tumors are typically surgically removed, while other types may undergo surgery, radiation, observation, or other therapy.
Mount Sinai neurotologists have the most experience of any center in removing glomus tympanicum tumors using minimally invasive, endoscopic techniques, and recently partnered with an international panel of experts to write guidelines for patients with head and neck paragangliomas.
George Wanna, MD, FACS Chair of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Beth Israel Chief, Division of Otology-Neurotology Mount Sinai Health System Professor of Otolaryngology, and Neurosurgery Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Maura K. Cosetti, MD Director, Ear Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) of Mount Sinai Director, Cochlear Implant Program Mount Sinai Health System
Enrique R. Perez, MD, MBA Director of Otology-Neurotology The Mount Sinai Hospital Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology Mount Sinai Health System
Zachary G. Schwam, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Division of Otology-Neurotology, Lateral Skull Base Surgery Mount Sinai Health System