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September 1983

Carotid Body Tumor Associated With Partial Horner's Syndrome and Facial Pain ('Raeder's Syndrome')

Author Affiliations

From the Charles A. Dana Research Institute, the Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, and Beth Israel Hospital, Boston. Dr Harrington is now with Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Arch Neurol. 1983;40(9):564-566. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050080064012

• A 35-year-old woman had partial, right-sided Horner's syndrome seven years prior to admission. Facial sweating was normal. Ipsilateral headache and facial pain followed a year later. Three months before admission a left-sided carotid body tumor was resected successfully. Soon thereafter, a mass was noted below the right mandibular angle and carotid angiography showed features typical of a carotid body tumor at the carotid bifurcation. To our knowledge this is the first report of such a lesion causing Raeder's syndrome. Review of other reported cases of this usually benign syndrome shows that some may be associated with serious but treatable diseases of the internal carotid artery.