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Obstruction of the Airway


Picture of obstruction of airway

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These pictures show a tumor in the windpipe (trachea) that is blocking air flow to and from the lungs. Bronchoscopy may be done to find the tumor and remove a piece of it for biopsy to determine if it is cancer. Some tumors also can be removed during bronchoscopy.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
Last RevisedApril 28, 2011

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