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Br J Neurosurg. 2019 Jun;33(3):269-271. doi: 10.1080/02688697.2017.1328042. Epub 2017 May 12.

Metastatic brain carotid body paraganglioma with endocrine activity: a case report and literature review.

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a Department of Neurosurgery , West China Hospital of Sichuan University , Chengdu , China.
b Pathology , Sichuan Cancer Hospital , Chengdu , China.


A woman with hypertension and hyperglycemia was diagnosed a metastatic brain carotid body paraganglioma. Her blood pressure, glucose, and norepinephrine were normal after craniotomy. Although most carotid body tumors are benign, a few show distant metastasis. This is the first reported case of intracerebral metastases from a carotid body tumor.


Carotid body paraganglioma; diagnosis; endocrine activity; metastatic brain tumors; norepinephrine

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