ROBERT SCHWARTZ; LEONARD J. ABRAMOVITZ
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The carotid body is an encapsulated, glandular structure located at or near the bifurcation of each common carotid artery. Normally, it is the size of a rice grain or smaller, reaching full development at 20 years. In man, it is difficult to demonstrate the carotid body grossly. Description of the carotid body dates back to 1743, but its functions were not understood until recent years. The carotid bodies (and aortic bodies) are sensory receptors which are stimulated by chemical changes in the arterial blood.1 This is in contrast to the receptors of the carotid sinus and aortic arch which respond
SCHWARTZ R, ABRAMOVITZ LJ. CAROTID BODY TUMOR1. Ann Intern Med. ;26:784–787. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-26-5-784
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;26(5):784-787.
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