Pediatric tracheal tumor masked by a history of travel: Case report and literature review

Marci J. Pugnale, Alison Maresh, Pranava Sinha, Christopher Rossi, Jonathan Murnick, Brian K. Reilly

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A previously healthy 10-year-old female reported a 1-month history of wheezing and hemoptysis. Initial evaluation and treatment were focused on refractory reactive airway disease and infectious etiologies prompted by her recent travels in Africa. Worsening respiratory distress prompted emergent evaluation with imaging and endoscopy. Bronchoscopy diagnosed a distal tracheal tumor; pathology of this tumor was benign fibrous histiocytoma. Successful management of this condition included imaging, rigid bronchoscopy with biopsy, and tracheal resection to surgically excise the lesion. Although rare, tracheal tumors should be considered when presentation of asthma is atypical and nonresponsive to medical interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1004-1007
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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© 2014 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.


  • atypical asthma
  • benign fibrous histiocytoma
  • fibrous histiocytoma
  • pediatric tracheal tumor
  • tracheal resection


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