Acta Scientific Otolaryngology (ASOL) (ISSN: 2582-5550)

Case Report Volume 4 Issue 2

Carotid Body Paraganglioma: A Case Report

Costas G1* and Ríos R2

1Head of the Otorhinolaryngology Department, Hospital de Clínicas Dr. Manuel Quintela, School of Medicine, University of the Republic, Moscow
2Resident of the Otorhinolaryngology Department, Hospital de Clínicas Dr. Manuel Quintela, School of Medicine, University of the Republic, Moscow<

*Corresponding Author: Costas G, Head of the Otorhinolaryngology Department, Hospital de Clínicas Dr. Manuel Quintela, School of Medicine, University of the Republic, Moscow.

Received: November 13, 2021; Published: January 27, 2022


Paragangliomas are rare neuroendocrine, highly vascular tumors arising from extraadrenal paraganglia with the potential to secrete catecholamines. Carotid body paraganglioma is a frequent site for this kind of tumor in the head and neck. Imaging, biochemical and often genetic testing is advised for patients suspected of this disease. We review a case of a 56 years old woman presenting with Shamblin III carotid body paraganglioma. Complete surgical resection without arterial embolization or carotid artery ligation was achieved.

Keywords: Carotid Body Paraganglioma; Paraganglioma; Head and Neck Surgery


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Citation: Costas G and Ríos R. “Carotid Body Paraganglioma: A Case Report".Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 4.2 (2022): 23-26.


Copyright: © 2022 Costas G and Ríos R. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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