Report of a vagal paraganglioma at the cervicothoracic junction

Jun Yun, Danielle Kapustin, Aisosa Omorogbe, Samuel J. Rubin, Daniel G. Nicastri, Reade A. De Leacy, Azita Khorsandi, Mark L. Urken

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Background: Vagus nerve paragangliomas are rare tumors, comprising 0.03% of head and neck neoplasms. These tumors are usually located cephalad to the hyoid bone, and there is only one previously reported case that arose from the lower third of the neck. Methods: We describe the second reported case of a lower neck vagus nerve paraganglioma that was managed with a limited sternotomy for access and surgical removal. Results: A 66-year-old male presented with a long-standing lesion of the cervicothoracic junction. CT, MRI, and Ga-68 DOTATATE PET/CT showed an avidly enhancing 5.2 × 4.2 × 11.5 cm mass extending from C6 to approximately T4 level. FNA confirmed the diagnosis. The patient underwent catheter angiography and embolization via direct puncture technique followed by excision of the mass via a combined transcervical and limited sternotomy approach. Conclusion: We describe an unusual case of vagal paraganglioma at the cervicothoracic junction with retrosternal extension requiring a sternotomy for surgical excision.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHead and Neck
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • glomus vagale
  • intrathoracic extension
  • neck mass
  • paraganglioma
  • sternotomy
  • vagus nerve


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