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.
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
- 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
- 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.
Surgery usually results in a complete cure.
- Airway obstruction
- Spreading of the tumor to regional lymph nodes (very rare)
When to Contact a Medical Professional
- Bleeding (hemoptysis)
- Breathing difficulty