Carotid body tumor

Case contributed by Dijendra Nath Biswas


Nontender swelling in the right level 2 cervical region for 3 years.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female

A (38 x 24 x 11 mm) well-defined heterogeneously hypoechoic mass is seen in right side level 2 cervical regions at the carotid bifurcation which is splaying the Internal and external carotid artery. On color Doppler study the mass is taking intense vascularity.

Case Discussion

Final Diagnosis: Carotid body tumor

Ultrasonography: Round to oval well define heterogeneously hypoechoic mass in the lateral neck with splaying of the common carotid artery. Small vessels can be demonstrated within the mass

Differential diagnosis:  Nerve sheath tumors, nodal metastasis, abscess, vascular thrombosis.

Rarely lipoma, liposarcoma, hibernoma.

Treatment: Surgical excision.

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