Because the incidence of primary intrathoracic tumors is apparently increasing, and because with early recognition the great majority may be cured in competent hands with radical surgery, the diagnosis and management of this great group of tumors is becoming more and more important. The literature on this subject has become voluminous and complex, the individual reports dealing mainly with one particular type of neoplasm. When confronted with the individual case, however, the clinician must consider all the possibilities. Therefore it seems important to condense into one article a review of the practical management of this entire group of tumors. Because of the limitations of space, our case reports, covering over 40 extrapulmonary intrathoracic neoplasms removed surgically, on which this review is based, cannot be included. They will be published elsewhere.
PRIMARY TUMORS OF THE LUNG
Adenomas of the bronchi exhibit a growth potential somewhere between a purely benign tumor and
DOLLEY FS, BREWER LA. THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF PRIMARY INTRATHORACIC TUMORS. JAMA. 1943;121(14):1130–1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840140014003
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