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Isolated Tuberculous Lymphadenitis With Tracheal Involvement in an Elderly Patient

Campainha, Sergio MD*; Neves, Sofia MD*; Oliveira, Ana MD*; Almeida, José MD*; Campelos, Sofia MD; Andrade, Clotilde MD; Moura Sá, João MD*

Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology: April 2013 - Volume 20 - Issue 2 - p 175–178
doi: 10.1097/LBR.0b013e31828f4a07
Brief Reports

Mediastinal tuberculosis without lung involvement is an uncommon finding in an immunocompetent adult. We report the case of an 80-year-old male smoker who presented with dyspnea and stridor. He was found to have a mass in the middle mediastinum which also involved the anterior wall and 50% lumen if of the lower trachea. Histology and mycobacterial cultures of the lesion led to the diagnosis of mediastinal tuberculosis. Antituberculous treatment led to complete resolution of airway symptoms and reduction in the size of the mediastinal mass.

*Bronchoscopy Unit, Pulmonology Department

Pathology Department, Centro Hospitalar de Gaia-Espinho, EPE

Pulmonology Department, Unidade Local de Saúde do Nordeste

Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest or other disclosures.

Reprints: Sergio Campainha, MD, Rua Conceição Fernandes s/n, 4432-502 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (e-mail:

Received November 23, 2012

Accepted January 21, 2013

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.