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Gradually worsening dyspnea and dry cough in an elderly patient

Emanuela Barisione, Giovanni A. Rossi, Mario Salio
  • Emanuela Barisione
    San Martino Hospital, Italy
  • Mario Salio
    San Martino Hospital, Italy


Primary tracheal chondrosarcomas are an extremely rare condition that affect adult of all ages, 24% being more that 70 years old.  The progression may be slow, with symptoms that may continue up to 72 months before diagnosis is made. The clinical manifestations, that include a combination of nonproductive cough, wheezing, and dyspnea without hemoptysis often leads to misdiagnosis of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We report a case of an 87-year-old male, a Medical Doctor, with such a history, in whom a diagnosis of a tracheal chondrosarcoma was finally performed, 12 months after the first manifestation of the disease.     


Chondrosarcoma; tracheal obstruction; bronchoscopy; laser; tumor.

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Submitted: 2017-04-26 13:22:14
Published: 2017-07-18 14:30:03
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