Carotid body

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The carotid body is a small reddish brown structure posterior to the bifurcation of the common carotid artery. It functions as a chemoreceptor leading to a rise in blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory movements if there is

It is innervated by the glossopharyngeal nerve.