HomePhilippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeryvol. 31 no. 2 (2016)

Granulation Tissue Mimicking a Glomus Tumor in a Patient with Chronic Middle Ear Infection

Kimberly Mae C. Ong, Md | Patrick John Guevarra | Rosario R. Ricalde | Criston Van C. Manasan | Jose M. Carnate, Jr., Md



Objective: To present an unusual cause of pulsatile tinnitus, presenting in a young adult suffering from chronic recurrent foul-smelling discharge from the same ear.


Design: Case Report

Setting: Tertiary National University Hospital

Patient: One

Results: A 24-year-old woman presented with pulsatile tinnitus on a background of chronic recurrent foul-smelling discharge. Clinico-radiologic fndings seemed consistent with a glomus tympanicum coexisting with chronic suppurative otitis media with cholesteatoma. She underwent tympanomastoidectomy with excision of the mass. Histopathologic evaluation revealed the mass to be granulation tissue.

Conclusion: Pulsatile tinnitus is rarely associated with chronic middle ear infection. Granulation tissue arising at the promontory may mimic glomus tumors when accompanied with this symptom. Despite this revelation, it would still be prudent to prepare for a possible glomus tumor intraoperatively so that profuse bleeding and complications may be avoided.