Left Atrial and Carotid Body Paraganglioma

Khaled Abdelhady, Samarth Durgam, Daniela Orza, Malek G. Massad

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We report a rare case of left atrial paraganglioma with a synchronous carotid body paraganglioma in a 30-year-old man with succinate dehydrogenase B gene mutation. The patient initially presented with a neck mass and palpitations. Laboratory test results showed elevated catecholamine levels. A cardiac paraganglioma was identified by computed tomography, meta-iodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy, and magnetic resonance imaging. Surgical resection of both paragangliomas were performed on two separate occasions. Serum and urine catecholamine levels returned to normal range. On follow-up, there was no recurrence of the cardiac paraganglioma. Radiotherapy was subsequently initiated for recurrence in the carotid body paraganglioma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e323-e325
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


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