Doctor insights on:
Carotid Body Tumor Symptoms
Malignancy: Most carotid body tumors are benign. Only a very small number are malignant, but there is no way to tell unless it is excised and inspected by a pathologist. Depending on its extent and involvement with surrounding tissues, the operation to remove them is relatively straightforward. Discuss with a board-certified vascular surgeon to learn more. ...Read more
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
Endo: See an endocrinologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Should I go for surgery in carotid body tumor?What are the risk in operation?It would become successful or not?
Ys If you want to ge: Follow your doctor's advice. Once you have a tumor you need to get rid of it, otherwise it will cause you detriment...it is just a matter of time. So I would advise surgical removal to be done by an expert. A second opinion can also help to make certain that you have found the best professional to take care of this rare disease entity. ...Read more
Neck masses: These are three distinct causes of a neck mass. You'll get some more imaging studies that will distinguish them. Branchial cleft cysts are very common and usually a non-problem. Carotid body tumors are very rare but need to be ruled out. Carotid aneurysms are strongly pulsatile. Stay involved with your diagnosis and best wishes. ...Read more
20 year old male . My carotid artery seems to be pushed outward near the top accompanied with some occasional discomfort. Could this be a tumor ?
Several possibilitie: May just be natural curvature or size for you, but carotid tumors or aneurysms are possible. Pain is concerning but could it be referred from jaw or teeth? A quick non-invasive test would be an ultrasound that is painless and relatively quick and could answer your questions. Would check with vascular or cardiac doctor to arrange such a study. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vascular surgeon: A very difficult problem, best addressed in an academic, tertiary care facility with a team that includes an oncologist, head and neck surgeon, and vascular surgeon. There is no easy answer here. Please accept my most heartfelt wish for your good outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Macroprolactinoma wrapped around carotid arteries.Surgeon said he wasn't worried. On cabergoline. Can it shrink big tumors? 1inx1in.? Survivable?
Yes and yes: Definitely survivable. And prolactinomas often shrink with medical therapy. ...Read more
M58, how do I know that my head ache (top, back and neck) is due to BP or some other serious event such as (god forbid) hemorrhage, carotid block, tumor?
Need for a complete: A complete check up by your physician can look into various causes of headache. The diagnosis is made on the basis of physical exam and history(characteristics) of your headaches. If doubtful, we can check the brain with a MRI study. Go see an internist and clear all your doubts. ...Read more