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Primary Tracheal Lymphoma as a Rare Cause of Focal Tracheal Stenosis in an HIV-negative Patient

Keenan, Joseph C., MD*; Dincer, Ethan E.; Cho, Roy J., MD

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000289
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A human immunodeficiency virus negative, 71-year-old man who presented with a stridorous cough was found to have a focal tracheal stenosis associated with regional lymphadenopathy on chest computed tomography. On direct inspection, tracheal lesions were noted and biopsied with a 2.4 mm cryoprobe, establishing the diagnosis of primary tracheal lymphoma. The patient subsequently received chemotherapy, with clinical and imaging improvement of the tracheal stenosis. This case highlights a very rare cause for tracheal lesions and the use of cryoprobe over forceps biopsy as a tool to facilitate optimal tissue acquisition and diagnosis.

*Department of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Interventional Pulmonology Division

Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center

Department of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Interventional Pulmonary Division, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Disclosure: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to: Roy J. Cho, MD, 401 East River Parkway Suite 350, MMC 276; Room VCRC 146, Minneapolis, MN 55455. E-mail:

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