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Alternative namesBronchial gland tumors; Mucous Gland Adenoma; Bronchial carcinoid tumors; Adenocarcinoma of the bronchus; Cancer - bronchial adenoma
DefinitionA bronchial adenoma is a glandular tumor in the trachea or large bronchi (the large airways of the lung) that usually causes obstruction of the airway. Although the term bronchial adenoma classically refers to a benign tumor of the airway, also known as a mucous gland adenoma, it is often misapplied to malignant tumors such as carcinomas and carcinoids of the airways.
Causes, incidence, and risk factorsThese tumors grow slowly and rarely metastasize (spread). The cause is unknown. There is a tendency of this type of tumor to cause bleeding or obstruction of a lung or lung lobe.
Signs and tests
TreatmentSurgical or endoscopic removal of the tumor is the standard treatment.
Expectations (prognosis)Surgery usually results in a complete cure.
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Update Date: 10/22/2003Allen J. Blaivas, D.O., Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University Hospital, Newark, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT