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Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 May;93(5):1717-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.09.053.

Tracheal paraganglioma: an unusual neoplasm of the upper airway.

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Department of Surgery, Rose Medical Center, Denver, Colorado 80218, USA.


Paraganglioma of the trachea is a rare neoplasm, with fewer than 15 cases reported. A 40-year-old man presented with stridor and hemoptysis. Bronchoscopy demonstrated a tumor of the posterior trachea and biopsy initially suggested typical carcinoid. The patient underwent surgical resection uneventfully and made a good recovery. Final pathology disclosed the tumor to be a paraganglioma based on immunohistology. The pathophysiology and treatment of this tumor are discussed.

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