ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Carotid Body Tumors
İslam KAKLIKKAYA, Fahri ÖZCAN, *Mehmet İMAMOĞLU, *A. Ümit IŞIK
Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, TRABZON, Göğüs Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı
*Kulak Burun Boğaz Anabilim Dalı
The resection of carotid body tumors show difficulties due to their localization at cranial nerves and arteriae. Between 1994 and 1998, carotid body tumors were diagnosed in 5 patients (2 males and 3 females) aged between 18 and 55. Of these, 4 applied with complaining mass in the neck. The mass in one patient was detected during the operation of supraglottic larynx cancer. In one patient, X. and XII. cranial nerve paralysis developed after operation. This patient has been under control for two years. In another patient, XII. cranial nerve paralysis developed. This patients has also been under the control for one year. No neurologic deficiency has appeared in the remaining 3 patients.

The advances in vascular surgery techniques have reduced the risk of perioperative complications such as carotid injury, stroke and denth; but the risk at cranial nerve complication still remains.

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