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Wednesday January 26, 2011. Duplex Assessment of Carotid Body Tumor. Presented by Linda Silorey and Lonni Bhirdo. Carotid Body- Anatomy. Ovoid, red/brown to tan organ Outer adventitia layer Posterior-medial wall of bifurcation of CCA

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duplex assessment of carotid body tumor

Duplex Assessment of Carotid Body Tumor

Presented by Linda Silorey and Lonni Bhirdo


Carotid Body- Anatomy

  • Ovoid, red/brown

to tan organ

  • Outer adventitia layer
  • Posterior-medial wall of

bifurcation of CCA

  • 3-5 mm in size ~ larger in people in higher altitudes
  • Receives blood supply from branches of the ECA

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Carotid Body- Function

  • Regulates Autonomic Nervous System
  • Chemoreceptor sensitive to

changes of arterial O2 , CO2

and pH changes

  • Sensitive to changes in BP,

blood flow, & blood osmolarity (salt content)

  • Sends signals to the brain

that result in changes in

respiratory rate/cardiac output

  • Factors such as Increased temperature of blood, Cyanide and nicotine cause stimulation of the Carotid Body

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carotid body tumor
Carotid Body Tumor

aka CBT

  • Arises from the normal tissue of the carotid body between the ECA/ICA
  • Lateral pulsatile neck mass- often presenting with a bruit or thrill
  • A rare highly vascular

tumor - incidence of only 0.01%

  • Usually benign
  • Most often fed by ECA branch:

Ascending Pharyngeal Artery

  • Other terms used to describe CBTs:

Chemodectomas, endothelioma glomus caroticum, peritheliomas and paragangliomas

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CBT- Etiology/ Incidence

  • Over- response to homeostasis changes
  • Hypertrophy linked to

hypoxia/ hypercapnia

  • Higher Altitudes, Smoking, COPD
  • Genetic 10 % of cases
  • 45-50 years of age
  • Female - rare in children
  • South American
  • Bilateral in 5% of cases

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cbt signs symptoms
CBT- Signs & Symptoms

Other Systemic Symptoms

Suggesting More Advanced

Disease Include:


Weight Loss



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cbt diagnostic tests
CBT-Diagnostic Tests
  • DuplexUltrasound
  • MRA
  • CTA
  • Angiography

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Duplex Ultrasound

  • Often the examination of choice for Dx of CBT: Readily available,
  • painless, non-invasive, relatively risk free and takes less than
  • an hour
  • Always do a complete bilateral Carotid study to identify for

Stenosis as well as to rule out a contralateral tumor

  • Machine settings and focal zones should be optimized to visualize the superficial nature of the Carotid arteries- these settings also make it possible to visualize CBTs.
  • Three modalities are used for diagnostic information:

B-Mode or grayscale, Color flow, Doppler Spectral analysis

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Duplex Ultrasound: B-Mode

B-Mode/ Grayscale Helps:

  • Identify location, internal echo pattern and shape

of any incidental finding of a neck mass

  • Differentiate whether the mass is solid or cystic

If mass is in fact at the bifurcation

  • Whether splaying of the ICA/ ECA is a CBT

or instead Aneurysmal Disease

or Carotid Artery kinking

  • CBTs are solitary masses with hypoechoic,

homogeneous or heterogeneous echo patterns

  • Margins of CBTs are well defined and smooth

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Duplex Ultrasound: B-Mode

  • Provides anatomical “road map”

of Carotid Artery

  • Image in both transverse and

longitudinal scanning planes

  • Splaying of ICA and ECA is one of primary

ultrasound findings in Dx of CBT

  • Measure in both Trans (AP & LAT)

and Sagittal (long) for image length

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Normal Carotid Bifurcation (Sag)

Carotid Body Tumor

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Duplex Ultrasound: Color Flow

  • Second to splaying, Color Flow

Characteristics is a very valuable

diagnostic tool in the Dx of CBT

  • Color Flow identifies blood

flow within a tumor- a key

feature of CBT


  • Helps identify between nonvascular,

hypovascular and hypervascularity of

blood flow within a tumor


  • Allows for differentiation between

CBT and other incidental findings

such as lymph nodes, salivary gland

tumors and metastatic neck masses

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Duplex Ultrasound: Doppler

  • To further differentiate a CBT from other tumors,
  • Doppler is used to assess the spectral waveforms
  • of the arteries within and feeding the CBT
  • Waveforms are most commonly Low-Resistant within
  • the tumor and feeding vessels
  • There is also usually increased Diastolic Flow in the ECA
  • artery branch feeding the tumor

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Reporting of CBT

  • CBT is only one of many types of masses that can be found when performing a Carotid Duplex examination
  • Other findings include: Enlarged Lymph Nodes

Metastatic Lesions

Thyroid or Parathyroid Masses


Salivary Gland Tumors

Tumors of Nerve Sheath (Schwannoma)

    • Important to note location of mass in relation to surrounding landmarks/structures
    • Measurements listed in three planes: AP, Lat and Sag
    • Description of mass: round, oval, lobular
    • Margin or Boarders: well defined, poorly visualized, diffused, regular, irregular
    • Echo Patterns (compared to surrounding tissue): Hypo/Hyperechoic
    • Color Flow Patterns: Flow vs No Flow visualized

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  • The tumor is classified via the Shamblin

classification- which is based on the tumor’s

involvement of the ICA

  • Usually slow growing, surgical resection is the

most common treatment due to invasive nature

of CBTs. They are often found wrapped around

the ICA and ECA, can erode into the base of skull

and can entrap regional cranial nerves

  • Feeding vessels are often embolized 1-2 days prior to

resection to reduce tumor size, ease the resection

and reduce intraoperative blood loss

  • The ECA is sometimes sacrificed to control bleeding

and improve access to the ICA. Immediate repair or

replacement of the CCA and or ICA may be needed

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CBT- Prognosis

  • Post surgery stroke

and cranialnerveinjury

risk was 35%

  • 3-9 % mortality rate
  • Incompleteexcision has

overallrecurrence rate of


  • Significant increase in mortality rate with CarotidArteryligation

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Special Thanks


Macomb Surgical Associates!!!

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References- cont.

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