CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Avicenna J Med 2013; 03(04): 106-108
DOI: 10.4103/2231-0770.120503

Management of sizeable carotid body tumor: Case report and review of literature

Mohamed A Elsharawy
Department of Surgery, University of Dammam, Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Hind Alsaif
Department of Radiology, University of Dammam, Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Aymen Elsaid
Department of Surgery, University of Dammam, Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ali Kredees
Department of Surgery, University of Dammam, Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Carotid body tumor is a paraganglioma derived from the neural crest. It arises from the carotid body which acts as a vascular chemoreceptors and is usually located at the carotid bifurcation. Sizeable (Shamblin III, >5 cm size) tumors are large and typically encase the carotid artery requiring vessel resection and replacement. Management of such tumors carries a high risk of postoperative mortality and morbidity rates specially with regards to neurovascular complications. We report a case of sizeable tumor which was surgically removed with minimal complications.

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09 August 2021

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