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Tracheal/Bronchial Tumor

A tracheal/bronchial tumor is any kind of mass that invades and/or externally compresses the airway. This can be caused by a benign tumor or by a cancerous (malignant) tumor. Any mass or compression in or around the airway has potential to cause airway obstruction that could be life threatening.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Progressive coughing
  • Worsening shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Hemoptysis (bloody sputum)

Surgical Interventions:

  • Endobronchial electrocautery (laser therapy)

  • Tumor debulking surgery

  • Tracheal/bronchial stent placement

    A tracheal or bronchial stent can be placed in order to manage an airway stricture and is usually placed during a bronchoscopy.