Cyanotic heart disease: "low altitude" risk for carotid body tumor?


A young woman with hypoplastic right heart syndrome developed a carotid body tumor at age 28. High altitude habitation is known to predispose to hyperplastic and neoplastic carotid bodies; emphysema and congenital cyanotic heart disease have recently been shown to induce hyperplasia of this oxytrophic tissue. Therefore, a link between congenital cyanosis… (More)