Images in Thorax: B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the trachea mimicking COPD

Johnson, V.; Burrows, N. J.; Ali, N. J.; Cox, G.
December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004, Vol. 59 Issue 12, p1100
Academic Journal
This article presents information on a patient who has been recently diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is informed that the patient, a 65 year old woman, was admitted to hospital with progressive breathlessness and wheeze. Her chest radiograph showed a mid tracheal mass which was confirmed on a computed tomographic (CT) scan. Flexible bronchoscopy revealed a polypoid tumor in the trachea 8 cm below the vocal cords causing a 60 percent reduction in tracheal diameter. Biopsies confirmed a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of B cell origin. She was treated with high dose steroids and received radiotherapy to the trachea. She responded rapidly and her breathing returned to her pre-morbid state. A repeat CT scan after 12 months showed no evidence of tumor at the primary site.


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