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Chir Ital. 2006 Sep-Oct;58(5):631-5.

Carotid body tumours. A 20-year single-institution experience.

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School of Vascular Surgery, Istituto Policlinico San Donato, University of Milan, Italia.


The aim of this single-institution retrospective study was to review the surgical outcomes of resection of carotid body tumours over the last 20 years in our hospital. From January 1985 to December 2004, 17 patients were admitted to our institution with carotid body tumours. All patients were treated by surgical resection of the tumour. No perioperative deaths occurred. Perioperative comorbidities were more frequent in patients with large carotid body tumours intimately associated with the carotid vessels. Surgical excision of carotid body tumours is safe and effective even in the long term.

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