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Adenocarcinoma of the bronchus


A 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.

Alternative Names

Bronchial gland tumors; Mucous gland adenoma; Bronchial carcinoid tumors; Adenocarcinoma of the bronchus; Cancer - bronchial adenoma


These 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.


  • Bloody sputum
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Slowly resolving pneumonia
  • Collapse of a lung lobe or segment
  • Cough lasting more than 6 weeks.

Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:

Exams and Tests

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chest x-ray may show a single lung nodule or pneumonia in one segment or lobe of the lung


Surgical or endoscopic removal of the tumor is the standard treatment.

Outlook (Prognosis)

Surgery usually results in a complete cure.

Possible Complications

  • Bleeding
  • Airway obstruction
  • Pneumonia
  • Spreading of the tumor to regional lymph nodes (very rare)

When to Contact a Medical Professional

  • Bleeding (hemoptysis)
  • Breathing difficulty

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