Carotid body tumour: gross pathology

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Specimen obtained form the neck, in close proximity to the carotid artery.


Case Discussion

Gross pathology of a carotid body tumour

Gross section of CBP resected from an adult patient with a familial history of similar tumors. Grooves on either side represent impressions left by internal and external carotid artery branches. Deeply congested lymph nodes attached to the specimen were negative for tumor.

Author: AFIP

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Case information

rID: 9361
Published: 8th Apr 2010
Last edited: 10th Sep 2016
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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