Anesthetic management of schwannoma mimicking carotid body tumor
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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