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Vol 18, No 2 (2012)
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Carotid artery paraganglioma: a family — case report, occurrence, and the method of treatment

Rafał Boczej, Janusz Kuśmierz, Wojciech Śliwiński, Marek Motyka
Acta Angiologica 2012;18(2):86-91.


Gangliomas are tumors of the neurogenic origin, developing from non-chromocytomic paraganglioma cells. The
most common location of paragangliomas in the head and neck region is the bifurcation of the common carotid
artery. Paragangliomas are very rare tumours. They stand for approximately 0.03%. of all neoplasms. The 10%
of the cases have a family history. This is also associated with a higher risk of multiple neoplasms and more
frequent coexistence of other diseases such as pheochromocytoma, medullar thyroid carcinoma, parathyroid
adenoma and Recklinghausen’s disease. This publication presents cases of a carotid artery paraganglioma
occurring in both father and son case and it shows two different managements’ strategies.

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