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Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Oct 10. pii: S0003-4975(19)31564-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.09.014. [Epub ahead of print]

Bronchoscopic surgery for a solitary tracheal tumor of tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica.

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Department of Thoracic Surgery, Kishiwada City Hospital, Osaka, Japan. Electronic address:
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Kishiwada City Hospital, Osaka, Japan.
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Kishiwada City Hospital, Osaka, Japan.
Department of Pathology, Kishiwada City Hospital, Osaka, Japan.
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan.


Tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica is a rare benign condition where multiple cartilaginous or bony submucosal nodules project into the trachea or bronchi. A 71-year-old man complained of cough for 3 months. Computed tomography scanning revealed a calcified tracheal tumor near the tracheal bifurcation. Pulmonary function testing indicated airflow limitation, and bronchoscopic examination confirmed a solitary rigid tumor. Bronchoscopic resection was performed under general anesthesia, and the tumor was detached by cauterizing its stem with high-frequency coagulation. The tumor was pathologically indicative of tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica. After surgery, the clinical signs of cough and dyspnea resolved and pulmonary function normalized.

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