Surgery may have to be considered in the management of large glomus tumours since other modalities of treatment are not curative. The judicious use of surgical intervention is imperative since a neurological deficit involving the last four cranial nerves may ensue and consideration of the quality of life of the patient in the post-operative period is of paramount importance. A brief description of the historical aspects and pathology of these tumours is followed by an analysis of the clinical presentation, investigation and assessment of a series of 10 patients. Six patients underwent surgery and their tumours were removed by the infra- and trans-temporal approach. This is described and illustrated in detail and the surgical results presented.
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