A rare benign tumor of the head and neck: Chemodectoma
Yakup Yegin1, Mustafa Çelik1, Baver Maşallah Şimşek1, Zahide Mine Yazıcı1, Zehra Sibel Kahraman2, Fatma Tülin Kayhan1
1Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kulak Burun Boğaz Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
2Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Patoloji Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
Keywords: Carotid body tumor; chemodectoma; embolization; polyvinyl alcohol.
Carotid body tumor, also known as chemodectoma, is a rare tumor that arises from the neuroendocrine tissue of carotid body. It originates from the neural crest. The majority of these tumors are benign but they may also be clinically malignant. Surgical resection of carotid body tumor is the only curative treatment and it should be considered as the first treatment option. In this article, we present the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up stages of the patient, who had undergone surgical excision due to carotid tumor chemodectoma and could not be devascularized after the preoperative polyvinyl alcohol embolization, and review current literature.