Carotid Body Tumour (Paraganglioma) Treated Surgically. A Case Report & Literature Review

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Dr. Naveen Sanchety, Dr. Aditya Harsh, Dr. Amit Chaudhary, Dr. Anubhav Kapoor


The carotid body is the largest collection of paraganglia in the head and neck and is found on the medial aspect of the carotid bifurcation bilaterally. Carotid body tumours are rare neoplasms arising from the chemoreceptor cells of the carotid bulb. We report a case of carotid body tumour in a 46-year-old male, who presented with painless, pulsatile, gradually progressive lateral neck swelling. The diagnosis is suspected on the basis of history, clinical and radiological examination findings and a successful surgical excision of the tumour is performed. Histopathological examination confirms the diagnosis of carotid body tumour. (Paraganglioma) In this article we present brief about carotid body tumours in terms of its clinical and imaging presentation, evaluation, and management (pre & post surgical management).

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