Bronchial Adenoma (cont.)
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Bronchial Adenoma Treatment
If a person has been diagnosed with bronchial adenoma, the tumor is removed through bronchoscopic surgery; open lung surgery; or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), a form of minimally invasive surgery.
Bronchoscopic surgery may be performed if the tumor is small and limited to the airways. In this surgery, the tumor may not be completely removed. Also, the chances of profuse bleeding are higher. Therefore, bronchoscopic surgery for tumor removal is only recommended in people who cannot undergo open lung surgery or VATS because of other health conditions.
The tumor can also be ablated through the bronchoscope using a laser. However, this method is not recommended as a primary mode of tumor removal and is usually used only for recurrent tumors.
Following surgical resection (removal), the overall 5-year survival rate for people with bronchial adenoma is 96%. Long-term follow-up studies in most series report little evidence of local recurrence or distant metastases following surgical removal of bronchial adenoma. However, a few reports exist of local recurrence or distant metastases following adequate resection.
Overall, the long-term prognosis for people with bronchial adenoma is excellent; therefore, limited resection should be used whenever possible.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2014
Charles W Van Way III, MD
Christian S Hinrichs, MD
Winston W Tan, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP
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