Carotid body tumors are rare, but represent the most common form of head and neck paraganglioma. We present 17 surgically treated patients. The present study reviews our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of these uncommon lesions. At surgery, 11 tumors were classified as Shamblin
Class II and six as Class III. A cerebral angiogram was obtained in all cases before surgery. A cervical approach was the method of choice in 16 cases; in one case with mediastinal extension of the tumor we used a combined cervical and transsternal approach. Complete excision of the tumor
was accomplished in all cases. Subadventitial tumor excision was performed in eight cases whereas internal carotid artery reconstruction was obtained in eight cases (three saphenous interposition vein grafts, two polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) 6 mm grafts, and end-to-end anastomosis in three
cases). Resection of the left common carotid artery and reconstruction with a Dacron 8 mm graft was performed in the case with mediastinal tumor extension. Duplex scan along with angiography is effective in making the diagnosis. Excision is indicated for most tumors, and best results are achieved
by an experienced vascular surgeon.
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Document Type: Research Article
From the Institutes for Cardiovascular Diseases
Otorhinolaryngology, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade and the
National Cancer Center of Serbia, Belgrade
Publication date: 01 December 2008
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