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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 240-242

Silent stellate ganglion paraganglioma masquerading as schwannoma: A surgical nightmare


1 Department of Neurosurgery, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Seth Gordhandas Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pathology, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Seth Gordhandas Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Survendra Kumar Rajdeo Rai
Department of Neurosurgery, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Seth Gordhandas Memorial Hospital, Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jcvjs.JCVJS_94_20

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A 28-year-old normotensive female presented with Horner's syndrome and paresthesia over the left side of the chest. Imaging study showed a large heterogeneous enhancing lesion in short-T1 inversion recovery sequence with flow voids in T2W sequence of magnetic resonance imaging. The lesion was located in the left-sided D1 and D2 regions extending into the neural foramina and apical part of the lung. During surgery, even minimal dissection of the tumor resulted in marked fluctuation in hemodynamic parameters, requiring temporary suspension of the surgery multiple times until hemodynamic parameters were brought under control by the anesthesiologist with drugs. The massive fluctuation in hemodynamic parameters in an unprepared and unanticipated scenario was a challenge for the anesthetist and surgeon. The tumor was radically excised with improvement of paresthesia in the immediate postoperative period, but Horner's syndrome persisted. After 18-months of follow–up, she was relieved of all symptoms including Horner's syndrome. Histopathological examination confirmed our suspicion as paraganglioma.


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