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Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Rep. 2018 Jan;7(1):e43-e45. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1675411. Epub 2018 Nov 20.

Central Airway Obstruction Due to Tracheal Glomus Tumor.

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1
Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California, United States.
2
Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care, University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California, United States.

Abstract

Background  Tracheal glomus tumors are rare mesenchymal neoplasms that have the potential to cause malignant, central airway obstruction. They require a thoughtful approach to safely secure the airway and definitively resect the tumor. Case Description  We report the clinical course of a 25-year-old man in severe respiratory distress secondary to tracheal glomus tumor and the subsequent surgical management. Conclusion  Due to their hypervascular nature, greater familiarity with tracheal glomus tumors is needed to ensure appropriate preoperative planning and intervention.

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central airway obstruction; glomus tumor; tracheal glomus tumor

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