Symptoms of paraganglioma are depending of the location of the tumor, the growth and if the tumor produces stress hormones. Symptoms can vary in severity, but in general paraganglioma grow very slowly and upon onset don't cause any symptoms.
A paraganglioma in the head and neck area (glomus tumor) can however cause the following symptoms:
- Hearing impairment
- Rining in the ears
- Problems with swalloing
- Facial paralysis
Treatment options for paraganglioma are diverse. Waiting and scanning is for glomus tumors usually the best option. Paraganglioma in other parts of the body that produce hormons usually are surgically removed, depending on tumor growth and the exact location of the tumor.
Within UNCH LUMC is specialised in diagnosing and treating paragangliomas. For more information about paragangliomas and the treatment options please check the LUMC website.