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Magnetic resonance and computed tomography imaging of a carotid body tumor in a dog

Kaatje Kromhout1*, Ingrid Gielen1, Hilde EV De Cock2, Kristof Van Dyck3 and Henri van Bree1

Author Affiliations

1 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Medical Imaging of domestic animals and Orthopedics of small animals, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820, Merelbeke, Belgium

2 Medvet - Veterinary Pathology Services, Emile Vloorstraat 9, 2020, Antwerpen, Belgium

3 Dierenartspraktijk Van Dyck, Merksemsebaan 138, 2110, Wijnegem, Belgium

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Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 2012, 54:24  doi:10.1186/1751-0147-54-24

Published: 16 April 2012


A 5-year-old castrated male Labrador Retriever was presented to a referring veterinarian for a swelling in the neck region. Based on the results of histopathology, a carotid body tumor, was diagnosed. The dog was referred to a medical imaging unit for further staging and follow up. This report describes the magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomographic (CT) appearance of a carotid body tumor.

CT; MRI; Carotid body tumor; Paraganglioma; Chemodectoma