(1/201) Bronchoscopic therapy for mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma of the trachea.

The tracheal tumor of a 74-year-old female was detected on bronchoscopy and histologically diagnosed as mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma. We successfully treated the tumor with endoscopic neodyminum-yttruim-aluminium-garnet (Nd-YAG) laser photoresection followed by local ethanol injection. This is the first case in which tracheal MALT lymphoma was successfully treated with bronchoscopy. Bronchoscopic therapy seems to be one of the most valuable strategies for treatment of MALT lymphomas of the central airway.  (+info)

(2/201) Bronchial capillary hemangioma in adults.

Two cases with capillary hemangioma of the trachea and the left upper lobe bronchus are presented. The adult patients were referred to the hospital because of hemoptysis and cough. The chest radiographs were normal in both cases. The bronchoscopic examination revealed circumscribed lesions with a capillarized surface protruding into the lumen of the trachea and the left upper lobe bronchus, respectively. The lesions were excised in toto with flexible bronchoscopic forceps. The specimens contained typical capillary hemangiomas without any signs of malignancy. Capillary hemangioma in the bronchial tree is an extremely rare benign lesion in adults. Nevertheless, it should be considered as a possible cause of hemoptysis and cough.  (+info)

(3/201) A case of thyroid cancer involving the trachea: treatment by partial tracheal resection and repair with a latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap.

A 65 year-old man had undergone left thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer. The cancer had directly invaded the cervical esophagus and trachea and the patient was referred to our hospital for radical resection and reconstruction. Cervical computed tomography showed a mass at the left-posterior wall of the trachea. Cervical esophagectomy, resection of the left half of the trachea (6 x 3 cm) including seven rings and cervical lymph node dissection were performed. The tracheal defect was covered by a latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap. The patient did not lose vocal function and remains alive and well 3 years after surgery without any evidence of recurrence. Latissimus dorsi muscle flap coverage of tracheal defects seems to be a useful technique in the combined resection of the trachea.  (+info)

(4/201) Airway stenting for tracheal stenosis.

Patients with upper airway obstruction from malignant disease are difficult to manage. A 62 year old patient presented with stridor and was found to have an upper tracheal tumour. Bronchoscopy, dilatation and stenting were performed successfully. The techniques and indications for the use of dynamic airway stent are discussed.  (+info)

(5/201) Importance of physical properties of benzo(a)pyrene-ferric oxide mixtures in lung tumor induction.

Three mixtures of benzo(alpha)(a)pyrene (BP) and ferric oxide with different physical properties were given intratracheally to Syrian golden hamsters for an examination of their neoplastic potential. Hamsters treated with a preparation containing large aggregates of BP and ferric oxide resulting from nucleation of BP on the particles showed an earlier onset and higher incidence of respiratory tract tumors than animals given a mixture containing smaller aggregates prepared by hand-grinding. The greatest number of tumors were present in the trachea and the predominant type was the squamous carcinoma. A third preparation in which the carcinogen was not attached to the ferric oxide showed a low tumor incidence similar to that present after intratracheal intubation of BP in gelatin without a carrier particle. For this model system of respiratory carcinogenesis, the physical attachment of BP and the carrier dust is necessary for a high tumor yield.  (+info)

(6/201) Predictors of tracheobronchial invasion of suprabifurcal oesophageal cancer.

BACKGROUND: Factors possibly predicting airway invasion of oesophageal cancer in the absence of frank oesophagotracheal fistulas have not been studied. OBJECTIVES: To identify possible predictors of airway invasion by oesophageal cancer that are readily accessible in the preoperative setting. METHODS: We prospectively investigated 148 patients with newly diagnosed oesophageal cancer located at or above the level of the tracheal bifurcation and without any evidence of oesophago-respiratory fistulas or distant metastases. Demographic variables, respiratory parameters, results of bronchoscopy and other staging procedures (oesophagoscopy, swallow oesophagography, endosonography, CT and histology) and findings at surgery were compared between the patients with (n = 30) and without (n = 118) proven airway invasion and entered into a stepwise logistic regression model to evaluate their independent predictive roles. RESULTS: Univariate analysis indicated that the incidence of airway invasion increased with the presence of suspect CT findings, the presence of respiratory symptoms, tumour length, T stage on endoscopic ultrasonography, and histopathologic grading of the primary cancer. A multivariate logistic regression model indicated that suspect CT findings (odds ratio, 4.4; 95% confidence interval 1.7-11.1, p = 0.002) and maximal tumour length >8 cm (odds ratio, 3.7; 95% confidence interval 1.4-9.6, p = 0.007) were associated independently with airway invasion. The accuracy of predicting airway invasion was 82.5% with both variables combined. CONCLUSIONS: The high incidence of airway involvement by oesophageal cancer and the difficulty to predict it accurately with clinical data or other staging procedures justifies the routine use of bronchoscopy in all patients with the tumour located at or above the level of the tracheal bifurcation. A particular effort to objectively prove or exclude airway invasion should be made in patients with tumours longer than 8 cm and/or with CT findings suggesting airway invasion.  (+info)

(7/201) Tumor induction in rats by feeding heptamethyleneimine and nitrite in water.

Groups of 15 males and 15 females Sprague-Dawley rats were given 20 ml of drinking water solution containing either 0.2% heptamethyleneimine hydrochloride or this salt together with 0.2% sodium nitrite, 5 days a week for 28 weeks. Another group of 17 male and 30 female rats was given 0.2% sodium nitrite solution for 104 weeks. Most of the animals given heptamethyleneimine hydrochloride or sodium nitrite alone survived 2 years or more after the beginning of the treatment, and no tumors attributable to the treatment were seen at death; tumors appearing were those of endocrine origin found commonly in untreated controls. In the group receiving the combined treatment, most females were dead at 50 weeks and most males were dead at 80 weeks, 27 of 30 having tumors not seen in either control group. A total of 16 had squamous carcinomas in the lung; 25 had tumors of the oropharynx, tongue, esophagus, and forestomach; and there were a few animals with tumors in the nasal cavity and trachea. The expericment showed that squamous tumors of the lung could be induced by ingestion an amine and sodium nitrite.  (+info)

(8/201) Species differences in the effect of benzo(alpha)pyrene-ferric oxide on the respiratory tract of rats and hamsters.

When given intratracheal injections of a suspension of benzo(alpha)pyrene-ferric oxide, rats and hamsters showed striking species differences in the response of their respiratory tracts to the carcinogen. Hamsters produced squamous metaplasia of the trachea and large bronchi; in contrast, squamous cell nodules of bronchioloalveolar origin developed in rats within a few weeks after carcinogen application. The different sites of the early proliferative and metaplastic responses correlated in their location with the sites of later tumor development. There were no obvious differences between the two species in retention of benzo(alpha)pyrene in the lungs or tracheas. A species difference was observed, however, in the localization of the benzo(alpha)pyrene in the tracheal tissues using ultraviolet fluorescence microscopy. Carcinogen was found to be present in the epithelium of hamsters but not in the epithelium of rats, suggesting a species difference in penetration of carcinogen from the lumen into the tracheal tissues.  (+info)