oa South African Medical Journal - South African Medical Journal, vol. 26, no. 38, (Sep 1952), pp. 766-768.



1. A case of carotid body tumour is descriptionbed. 2. The tumour seems to have been softer than could be expected. This may account for the absence of pressure effects on the neck structures. 3. It is suggested that pre-operative aspiration should be routine in this condition; aspiration of blood would be practically diagnostic. . 4. An essential step in the operation is the definition and dissection of the pre-tracheal fascia. 5. Hemiplegia in this case was due to embolism and this cause of hemiplegia may have escaped recognition in previous cases.


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