Multifocal Endobronchial Carcinoid Tumors A Rare Case

ERELEL M., Toker S. A., Yakar F., Yakar A. A., Yildiz R., KAYA Z. N.

JOURNAL OF BRONCHOLOGY & INTERVENTIONAL PULMONOLOGY, vol.17, no.2, pp.158-161, 2010 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier


We present a case of multifocal endobronchial carcinoid tumor and review the literature on multifocal endobronchial carcinoid tumors. Our patient was admitted with complaints of paroxysmal cough and recurrent lower respiratory tract infections. Computed tomography of the chest showed tubular densities in the bilateral lower lobes and a 15-mm soft-tissue mass in the right lower lobe without any enlargement in the mediastinal lymph nodes. On positron emission tomography scan, there was no fluorodeoxyglucose uptake in any of these lesions. Bronchoscopy showed multiple endobronchial tumors with hypervascularity. The pathologic examination of biopsies showed neuroendocrine neoplasm and typical bronchial carcinoid tumor. Although the only effective treatment for a bronchial carcinoid is complete surgical excision of the tumor, surgical resection was not performed in our patient because of multiple, bilateral, biopsy-proven endobronchial tumors. Radiation and chemotherapy are generally reserved for symptomatic and metastatic disease, which was the treatment of choice for our patient.