A pediatric carotid body tumor

J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Jul;53(7):1432-1436. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2018.04.004. Epub 2018 Apr 7.


Carotid body tumors are rare childhood extra-adrenal paragangliomas. We present an 8-year old female with a neck mass mistaken as reactive lymphadenopathy. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance angiography, as well as preoperative embolization and balloon test occlusion, were utilized for planning and management. Surgical excision of the tumor was successful and pathological examination revealed a benign paraganglioma. Surgical treatment is curative for these benign lesions, however rare cases have presented years later with metastatic disease. Therefore, a child, like our patient, will require lifelong surveillance for the development of potential metastasis.

Keywords: Balloon test occlusion; Cervical paraganglioma; Pediatric carotid body tumor; Preoperative embolization.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carotid Body Tumor / diagnosis
  • Carotid Body Tumor / surgery*
  • Child
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / methods
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Paraganglioma, Extra-Adrenal / pathology*
  • Paraganglioma, Extra-Adrenal / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed