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carotid bodies

Friday 29 October 2004

Carotid bodies, as aortic bodies, are chemoreceptors specialized to detect changes in the blood pH and oxygen tension. Their cells are usually chromaffin-negative and tumors arising from these structures are usually non functionnal.

Pathology

- carotid body paraganglioma (chemodectoma, nonchromaffin paraganglioma)

See also

- paraganglia
- paragangliomas