Carotid Body Tumour

A carotid body tumor, also known as a chemodectoma or paraganglioma, is a tumor located on the side of the neck, where the large carotid artery branches into smaller blood vessels to carry blood into the brain. The cluster of cells around that branching is called the carotid body, or carotid glomus.

A carotid body tumor may not cause any symptoms at first, but it can usually be felt as a slow-growing, painless mass on the side of the neck. As the tumor enlarges, over the course of several years, it may begin to cause symptoms that include:

- Hoarseness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Partial paralysis or numbness in the tongue
- Weakness or pain in the shoulders
- Vision changes, or a drooping eyelid
- High blood pressure or heart palpitations
- A bruit – the distinct whooshing sound of blood pushing past an obstruction

A carotid body tumor is extremely slow growing and is not an emergency, but anyone with a suspected or diagnosed carotid body tumor should be referred to a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon for evaluation.

 

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