Clinical communication: Adults| Volume 39, ISSUE 5, P589-591, November 2010

A Case of Intratracheal Schwannoma Presenting at the Emergency Department with a Diagnosis of Asthmatic Attack


      Primary tumors of the tracheobronchial tree are rare, and benign tumors are even rarer. Patients with tracheobronchial tumors are at times wrongly diagnosed with asthma. A 77-year-old woman presented to our Emergency Department with increasing dyspnea and stridor. She had been treated for bronchial asthma for the last 7 years. Due to the presence of the stridor, a cervical soft tissue computed tomography scan was performed. It revealed a tracheal polyp at the level of the thyroidal isthmus. Polyp excision with rigid bronchoscopy was performed by a thoracic surgeon. This case demonstrates that intratracheal masses should be considered in patients with dyspnea and stridor or in patients with asthma refractory to usual treatment.


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