Carotid body tumour with lung metastases

Case contributed by Dr Hani Salam


MRI through the neck demonstrates a large mass on the left splaying the ICA and ECA. It is of high T2 signal with numerous punctate and serpiginous regions of low signal due to flow voids (so called salt and pepper sign).

The post contrast T1 fat suppressed images demonstrate vivid enhancement again with flow voids.



Case Discussion

Features are consistent with a carotid body tumour, in this case metastasising to the lungs.

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Case information

rID: 9301
Published: 1st Apr 2010
Last edited: 29th Apr 2016
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