A primary squamous cell carcinoma of the trachea: Case report and review of the literature

Division of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Diseases, "S. Biagio" Hospital, Domodossola, Italy.
Acta otorhinolaryngologica Italica: organo ufficiale della Società italiana di otorinolaringologia e chirurgia cervico-facciale (Impact Factor: 1.64). 08/2010; 30(4):209.
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Primary windpipe tumour is extremely rare. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common malignant form, especially in smokers. The
radiological appearance of these neoplasms can be classified as intra-luminal, wall-thickening, exophytic form; the majority of the lesions
are obstructive in nature and then tend to extra-luminal invasion. This tumour is usually diagnosed late on account of delayed specific
symptoms: haemoptysis, dyspnoea, coughing, hoarseness, stridor. Surgery, followed by adjuvant radiotherapy, is the treatment of choice;
primary radiotherapy, in inoperable cases, can represent a curative management option. A case of primary tracheal cancer is described and
a review of the literature is presented.

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