Original communication| Volume 5, ISSUE 4, P572-581, April 1939

Cervical sympathetic ganglioneuroma

Case report and review of the literature
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        1. A case of cervical sympathetic ganglioneuroma is added to the 13 previous reports appearing in the literature.
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        2. These tumors appear in children or young adults. They are slowly growing, firm, and fairly smooth. Tracheal displacement and respiratory embarrassment are rare. Usually the carotid artery is either visible or palpable anterior to the tumor. Sympathetic disturbances, such as ptosis, myosis, and enophthalmos, are common postoperatively but may also be present preoperatively.
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        3. Pathologically they are characterized by a fibrous tissue stroma supporting clumps of ganglion cells and strands of nerve fibers which are usually nonmyelinated.
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        4. In no known instance has the correct diagnosis been made preoperatively.
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