• We have studied a series of 24 cases of carotid body tumor, comprising our total experience during the past two decades. Twelve patients had symptoms related to compression or invasion of the surrounding structures. Two patients had malignant changes, while three individuals had bilateral lesions. Thirteen patients underwent neck exploration for diagnosis or attempt at surgical removal of the tumor prior to admission to our institution.
Definitive procedures in 24 cases resulted in one postoperative death, a rate of 4%. Internal carotid flow was preserved in every case. Intraluminal shunting was employed during the last decade, and no instance of cerebral damage was encountered.
It is our intention to emphasize the importance of an accurate diagnosis by carotid angiography prior to surgical management. We also wish to encourage routine excision of these tumors as they are diagnosed, before they reach an enormous size.
(Arch Surg 111:344-347, 1976)