The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Radiology in Focus

Facial palsy after glomus tumour embolization

Rory C. D. Herdmana1 c1, James E. Gillespiea2 and Richard T. Ramsdena1

a1 University Departments of Otolaryngology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL.

a2 University Departments of Neuroradiology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL.

Abstract

A case is presented of a patient undergoing pre-operative embolization of a glomus tumour who developed a facial palsy one hour after embolization. At the time of surgery it was found to be due to the embolization material (polyvinyl alcohol foam) blocking the stylomastoid artery. The blood supply of glomus tumours and the variations in the blood supply of the facial nerve are discussed.

(Accepted March 06 1993)

Correspondence:

c1 Rory C. D. Herdman, F.R.C.S., ENT Department, Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5AN.