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2020 Sep

Quant Imaging Med Surg



Single-center study: dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound in the diagnostic assessment of carotid body tumors.


Schwarze V, Marschner C, Negrao De Figueiredo G, Ingrisch M, Rübenthaler J, Clevert D-A
Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2020 Sep; 10(9):1739-1747.
PMID: 32879853.


Carotid body tumors (CBTs) depict the most common paraganglioma of the head and neck that can metastasize in up to 15% of cases. They develop either sporadically or hereditarily and may produce catecholamines ("functioning CBTs") resulting in associated symptoms like headache, palpitations or flush. Non-functioning CBTs usually present as slowly and often tender growing mass which may affect adjacent cranial nerves. CBTs can be visualized by ultrasound, CT, MRI or angiography. Pre-surgical interventional embolization, surgical resection and radiation therapy are therapeutical options. The aim of this retrospective single-center study is to assess the safe and real-time evaluation of CBTs by contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS).