Published: 2017-01-17

Anaesthetic challenges in carotid body tumour resection: a case report and review of literature

Anuradha Malliwal, Shubha N. Mohite, Nishma Doshi, Rochana Bakhshi


Carotid body tumour (CBT) is an extremely rare, non-chromaffin  paraganglioma arising from chemoreceptor cells at the carotid bifurcation. Reported incidence is 1-2 per 100,000. Surgical excision of the tumour, the definitive treatment, poses several anaesthetic challenges and a high incidence of perioperative morbidity and mortality (20-40%). Very few cases have been reported so far. We report the anaesthetic management of a case of CBT excision with a review of recent literature on the same.


Carotid body tumour, Hypotensive anaesthesia, Dexmedetomidine, Atrial fibrillation, Cranial nerve injury

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