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April 1956

Resection of Carotid-Body Jumors with Preservation of the Carotid Vessels

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.
Fellow in Surgery (Dr. Farrar); Section of Surgery (Drs. Kirklin and Judd); Section of Plastic Surgery and Laryngology (Dr. Devine), Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation. The Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn., is a part of the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;72(4):595-599. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01270220043005

It is the purpose of this presentation to emphasize the feasibility of removing carotidbody tumors without sacrifice of the carotid arteries when the tumors are in intimate association with the carotid vessels.

LIFE HISTORY OF CAROTID-BODY TUMORS  Since there have been no reports of spontaneous regression of carotid-body tumors, one must be prepared to accept the complications produced by a slow-growing tumor in this location if removal is not advised. The gradual growth of these tumors, encircling certain vital structures and distorting and pushing others aside, may produce serious symptoms and even death in some cases. Certainly, such tumors can become very large when left untreated.*Keen and Funke in 1906, discussing the growth characteristics of carotid-body tumors, recognized that, in general, they are benign but that some tumors, after exhibiting a slow rate of growth over a period of several years, suddenly change to a very rap