Within the past few years the number of neoplasms that have been observed and completely removed by means of the bronchoscope has appreciably increased. With the more general recourse to bronchoscopy in obscure conditions of the chest, this is to be expected. Benign neoplasms are benign only in the histologic sense. As they grow they cause obstruction of the air passages and interfere with the pulmonary function and the vital capacity of the patient, so that the recognition and removal of one of these neoplasms constitutes a life-saving measure.
Up to the present time, ten neoplasms have been removed bronchoscopically. It appears that von Eicken 1 was the first to diagnose and to remove a benign neoplasm of the bronchus by means of the bronchoscope. In 1907, he reported the complete removal of an enchondroma from the left main bronchus of a man, aged 41. Three years
MYERSON MC. BENIGN NEOPLASMS OF THE BRONCHUS: REPORT OF A CASE OF BRONCHOSCOPIC REMOVAL OF A FIBROLIPOMA FROM THE LEFT MAIN BRONCHUS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;9(4):376–385. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620030398002
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