Medical Specialty >> Oncology

Doctors Lounge - Oncology Answers

Back to Oncology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/21/2017.

Forum Name: Cancer of Unknown Primary

Question: blood from ears

 sunshinexo - Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:35 pm

My relative has been prognosed with cancer final diagnosis has not been determined yet tests are still being run... although cancer has been found in the kidney, liver and after awaking a loud pop was heard in the ear and blood had started to drip out. I'm asking for my own accord. He is at ER still awaiting for a physician.
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:09 am

User avatar Hi,
Normally, i am skeptical about offering rare diagnoses (for the simple reason that common things always occur commonly!).
But in this instance, the description of your uncle's symptoms that you have provided, somehow led me to think of a rare diagnosis!
-- The 'Glomus Jugulare Tumor'.
A type of Chemodectoma, arising from the skull base, at or near the jugular bulb.
This has been reported to give rise to a feeling of a loud pulsing in the ear.Intermittent bleeding from the ear is also known.
Chemodectomas are benign in 95 per cent of cases.
Rarely malignant Chemodectomas do occur and are known to metastasize widely.
I hope this information may be of use to you.Best wishes!

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us