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Results for treating glomus jugulare tumors with radiosurgery have been limited by short follow-up and small number of patients. We report our experience using LINAC or CyberKnife in 21 tumors with a median follow-up of 66 months (Mean follow-up of 60 months). In addition, we have a subset of eight patients that were followed out for more than 10 years. Patients were treated with doses ranging from 1400 cGy to 2700 cGy. We retrospectively assessed patients for efficacy and post treatment side effects. All patients had stable neurological symptoms, and two patients experienced transient ipsilateral tongue weakness and hearing loss, both of which subsequently resolved. One patient experienced transient ipsilateral vocal cord paresis; however, this patient received previous external beam radiotherapy. All tumors remained stable or decreased in size by MRI exam. Our results support radiosurgery as an effective and safe method of treatment for glomus jugulare tumors with low morbidity as evidenced by a larger number of patients and long term follow-up.
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