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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sahar Memar Montazerin, M.D.[2] Maria Fernanda Villarreal, M.D. [3]

Overview

Cervical CT scan may be helpful in the diagnosis of the carotid body tumor. Findings on CT scan suggestive of/diagnostic of carotid body tumor include a well-defined, hypervascular mass which will show homogeneous and intense enhancement after intravenous administration of contrast dye.

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Case courtesy of Dr Mohammad Taghi Niknejad, Radiopaedia.org, rID: 60652


CT angiography

Findings diagnostic of carotid body tumor include:[2]

References

  1. Lee, Ki Yeol; Oh, Yu-Whan; Noh, Hyung Jun; Lee, Yu Jin; Yong, Hwan-Seok; Kang, Eun-Young; Kim, Kyeong Ah; Lee, Nam Joon (2006). "Extraadrenal Paragangliomas of the Body: Imaging Features". American Journal of Roentgenology. 187 (2): 492–504. doi:10.2214/AJR.05.0370. ISSN 0361-803X.
  2. Wieneke, Jacqueline A.; Smith, Alice (2009). "Paraganglioma: Carotid Body Tumor". Head and Neck Pathology. 3 (4): 303–306. doi:10.1007/s12105-009-0130-5. ISSN 1936-055X.