n SA Journal of Radiology - Paragangliomas of the head and neck : pictorial review




Paragangliomas of the head and neck are ubiquitous in their distribution, originating from the paraganglia or glomus cells within the carotid body, vagal nerve, middle ear, jugular foramen and numerous other locations. Imaging studies depict the location and extent of tumour involvement, help determine the surgical approach and help predict operative morbidity and mortality. The imaging features of common paragangliomas of the head and neck are illustrated in this article.


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