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Tracheal schwannoma presenting as status asthmaticus in a sixteen-year-old boy: airway considerations and removal with the CO 2 laser

Pediatric Pulmonology
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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  • Medicine


A 16-year-old with clinical features of atypical asthma is presented, with a description of the workup leading to the diagnosis of an intratracheal mass. The mass was visualized with a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope, then surgically removed through a rigid bronchoscope using a CO 2 laser. We believe this is the first report of resection using this technique. A discussion of tracheal neurilemmomas (schwannoma) is included. This case reinforces the age-old adage that “not all that wheezes is asthma.” Pediatr Pulmonol. 1998; 25:393–397. © 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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