Glomus Tumor of the Trachea: Value of Multidetector Computed Tomographic Virtual Bronchoscopy

Nadrous, Hassan F.; Allen, Mark S.; Bartholmai, Brian J.; Aughenbaugh, Gregory L.; Lewis, Jason T.; Jett, James R.
February 2004
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Feb2004, Vol. 79 Issue 2, p237
Academic Journal
Glomus tumor of the trachea is extremely rare. We report a case of tracheal glomus tumor in a 39-year-old man who presented with hemoptysis. The diagnosis was made after bronchoscopic biopsy of a tumor involving the posterior wall of the upper trachea. Thin-section multidetector computed tomography of the chest was performed before surgical resection, with multiplanar re-formations and 3-dimensional virtual bronchoscopic reconstruction. Tracheal sleeve resection with reconstruction was successful, and pathological studies confirmed complete resection and the diagnosis of glomus tumor. The patient was disease free 3 months postoperatively. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in which additional computed postprocessing was used to help evaluate the extent of such a tumor.


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