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2020 Dec

J Pak Med Assoc



Glomangiopericytoma: A rare tumour of sinonasal cavity.


Ghaloo S K, Dhanani R, Pasha H A, Wasif M, Fatima S, Ikram M
J Pak Med Assoc. 2020 Dec; 70(12(B)):2469-2471.
PMID: 33475567.


The history of glomangiopericytoma began in 1924 when it was initially diagnosed by Stout and Murray. It is a rare tumour of the respiratory mucosa, with a prevalence of less than 0.5% among all sinonasal tumours. Literature shows female predominance among patients who develop glomangiopericytoma. So far, no accurate aetiology has been discovered, but there are certain risk factors, including trauma, use of corticosteroids and high blood pressure, which are believed to cause glomangiopericytoma. Patients usually present with a history of epistaxis or nasal blockage, though symptoms can get worse if the tumour is not resected timely and can lead to visual disturbance, chronic sinusitis and headache. It has reddish polypoidal appearance on examination. The best modality for the treatment of glomangiopericytoma is endoscopic surgical resection via trans-nasal approach. We present the case of a 70-year-old man, with nasal blockage and epistaxis who underwent endoscopic sinus surgery for this condition.