Carotid body paraganglioma

J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2009 Aug;19(8):523-5.


Carotid body tumours are benign neoplasms. This case report describes two patients with this rare tumour with diagnostic workup and treatment options. The first case was a 36-year-old gentleman who presented with 6 months history of painless swelling on the left side of neck. The second patient was 60-years-old man who presented with slowly growing swelling on the right side of neck for the last 20 years. Both patients had transmitted pulsations over the swelling. On suspicion of a vascular lesion, a contrast enhanced CT scan and Doppler's ultrasound of neck was advised which suggested the diagnosis of a carotid body tumour. Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) confirmed the diagnosis. Excision in collaboration with vascular surgeon was planned for the first case. The second case was subjected to radiation therapy due to the large size of tumour and the patient's age.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carotid Body / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Body / pathology*
  • Carotid Body / surgery
  • Carotid Body Tumor / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Body Tumor / pathology*
  • Carotid Body Tumor / surgery
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ultrasonography