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Where can paragangliomas develop?

Paragangliomas may develop anywhere there are sympathetic nerve cells, and this usually means along any of the major arteries in the body. Paragangliomas can be found in the skull region, neck, chest cavity, abdomen, pelvis, and bladder. Far and away, the most common site is within the abdomen where approximately 85-90% are located. Most abdominal paragangliomas are found in front of or to the side of the vertebral column near the aorta or kidney. In contrast, the most common location for a parasympathetic paraganglioma is in the neck. 

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