ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of carotid body tumors
Gökhan İlhan1, Şahin Bozok1, Berkan Özpak2, Tevfik Güneş2, Orhan Gökalp2, Serdar Bayrak2, Murat Aksun3, Ali Gürbüz2
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Faculty of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Rize, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Faculty of Katip Çelebi University, İzmir Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey
3Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Medical Faculty of Katip Çelebi University, İzmir Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2013.6541
Paragangliomas are rare asymptomatic painless tumors, originating from paraganglionic bodies of autonomous nerve system of the embriological neural crest and increasing gradually. Despite their gradual developing nature, it is critical to reach early diagnosis and tailor surgical plan for carotid body tumors due to their potential of being malignant and local aggressive development, as well as invasion or pressure on the adjacent vascular and neural tissues. In this article, we present seven cases who were admitted with the complaints of pain and swelling in the neck and were diagnosed with carotid body tumor based on the further investigations and were surgically treated in the light of literature review and different surgical modalities were discussed.
Keywords : Carotid body tumor; diagnosis; surgery; treatment
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