Bronchial Adenoma Facts
Bronchial Adenoma Causes
The cause of bronchial adenoma is not known.
Bronchial Adenoma Symptoms
Bronchial adenoma may remain undiagnosed for years because of the small size of the tumor and the slow growth pattern. This condition masquerades as bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, or bronchiectasis (localized irreversible expansion of part of the bronchial tree resulting in airflow obstruction and impaired clearance of secretions).
Symptoms of bronchial adenoma depend on whether the tumor is located centrally or peripherally in the airways. Persons with central lesions have symptoms of obstruction and bleeding, which include the following:
Persons with peripheral lesions are more commonly asymptomatic (that is, they do not have any symptoms). The peripheral lesions most often appear as solitary pulmonary nodules on chest X-ray films. Because these individuals are asymptomatic, the findings are typically found on chest X-ray films taken for other reasons.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/10/2016
Charles W Van Way III, MD
Christian S Hinrichs, MD
Winston W Tan, MD
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Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP
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