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Anesthetic management of schwannoma mimicking carotid body tumor

Authors Sivasankar C

Received 16 June 2012

Accepted for publication 1 August 2012

Published 29 August 2012 Volume 2012:5 Pages 55—58


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Chitra Sivasankar
Department of Anesthesiology, Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA, USA

Abstract: Schwannomas are rare and slow-growing neurogenic tumors for which surgery is the standard of care. However, the anesthetic management of these tumors can be challenging. This case report describes the anesthetic management of a patient who underwent carotid endarterectomy and excision of a presumed carotid body tumor. Histopathologic examination showed that the excised tissue was a schwannoma, which in this location can mimic a carotid body tumor. The relevant literature is also reviewed.

Keywords: anesthesia, carotid body tumor splaying, head and neck tumor, schwannoma

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