An endobronchial lipoma mimicking asthma and malignancy.

01 Sep 2010
Respiratory conditions
  • Asthma
Type of resource
Peer-reviewed article
Author(s)
Irani F, Kumar B, Reddy P, Narwal-Chadha R, Kasmani R, Tita J

 

Endobronchial lipomas are rare benign tumours of the lung. Bronchial occlusion may lead to a misdiagnosis of asthma or malignancy. We describe a 52-year-old man treated for asthma for several years, who presented with non-resolving right upper lobe pneumonia. Bronchoscopy proved to be diagnostic and therapeutic. Clinical characteristics of this unique entity are discussed.