Spent the afternoon with Dr. Alberto Munoz, Vascular Surgeon. He invited me over to Clinica Palermo to watch surgery for a carotid body tumor, which is almost exclusively a high-altitude condition. We previously met in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) at the annual conference of the Latin American Association of Vascular Surgery and Angiography. Dr. Munoz is the current President of the organization.
Since the majority of cases of this condition are diagnosed and treated in Latin America (in the high altitude cities of Mexico City, Bogotá, Quito and La Paz) one of the goals Dr. Munoz is working on is compiling a database of carotid body tumor cases, and creating a surgical consensus (or guideline) for the treatment of this condition.