Tracheal papillomatosis causing upper airway obstruction

Yong Lee Sung Yong Lee, Hyeong Kim Je Hyeong Kim, Hwan Kwon Young Hwan Kwon, Ra Lee So Ra Lee, Yeub Lee Sang Yeub Lee, Hyung Lee Sin Hyung Lee, Kyung Suh Jung Kyung Suh, Jeong Shim Jae Jeong Shim, Youn Cho Jae Youn Cho, Ho In Kwang Ho In, Ho Kang Kyung Ho Kang, Hwa Yoo Se Hwa Yoo

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Tracheal papillomatosis is rare. When the disease starts during childhood, it usually appears to be self-limiting if properly managed. In adults, however, the disease sometimes runs a more protracted course with a higher risk of developing cancer. The tumors are derived from the tracheal surface epithelium and tracheal mucous glands and usually grow exophytically. Treatment has traditionally been with repeated endoscopic resection. However, in view of its viral origin, attempts have been made to control the disease with interferon. A 67 years-old man was presented with exertional dyspnea. He was treated for bronchial asthma at another hospital. There was no improvement in his symptom. He was referred to this hospital, and a bronchoscopic biopsy showed tracheal papillomatosis. He was undergone bronchoscopic laser therapy with symptomatic improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-881
Number of pages6
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Laser therapy
  • Tracheal papillomatosis
  • Upper airway obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases


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