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Carotid Artery Bulb
Dr found swelling or possible mass above my thyroid. Said it could be carotid artery bulb. Followup in 2wks. Should I be concerned? What's going on?
Hard to say?: If you are not acutely ill, wait on the testing and trust your doctor to find all of this out. Concerned? Yes. Worried? Probably not. I would not know what is going on and that is what your doctor is attempting to do. Try to not let anxiety get the best of you here and be patient and wait for the further testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more
Exceedingly unlikely: The chances of this happening are extremely remote. Having said that we are always extremely cautious in examining patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis. I have personally witnessed at least one patient getting a stroke after a carotid artery examination--fortunately he recovered. So it is theoretically possible to get a stroke large enough to cause death, but the odds are extremely small. ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: The atherosclerotic plaque builds up at the bifurcation="branch point of the common carotid into external( face) and internal(brain) components. It may remain asymptomatic or may cause TIA or stroke. Commonly a significant narrowing is 80-99% there is a large medical scientific literature on this subject. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers