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Carotid body tumor

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Contributors: Carla Casulo MD
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Synopsis

Carotid body tumors / paragangliomas are tumors that arise from cells of the neural crest, particularly in the head and neck, along the carotid body. They can involve other locations. They can present as painless masses but, depending on their location, can cause nerve root compression, pain, and cranial nerve palsies. Treatment involves surgical resection.

Codes

ICD10CM:
D44.6 – Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of carotid body

SNOMEDCT:
30699005 – Carotid Body Tumor

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Last Reviewed: 03/09/2017
Last Updated: 03/28/2017
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Carotid body tumor : Cough, Hoarseness, Neck pain, Neck mass, Dysphagia, Pharyngitis, Tongue paresis
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Sagittal post-contrast CT image demonstrates an enhancing mass in the carotid space, splaying the internal and external carotid arteries. Findings are consistent with a carotid body tumor.
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