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September 1937


Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;26(3):291-293. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650020319004

Bony tumors in the trachea, bronchi and lung occur with great rarity. According to Hiebaum,1 Luschka first described this phenomenon in 1856, and his report was followed by a report of a similar case by Wilks.2 Hiebaum, in a review of the literature up to 1934, reported the occurrence of thirty such tumors in the lung and more than seventy involving the trachea. When such tumors or osteomas have developed in the trachea, the condition generally has been described as tracheopathia osteoplastica rather than as multiple osteoma of the trachea.

In the majority of cases of tracheopathia osteoplastica that have been reported in the literature there were few or no clinical symptoms and the condition was first recognized at necropsy. That such osteomas may produce symptoms has been emphasized by the Jacksons.3 The symptoms produced are dependent on the size, number and distribution of the osteomas and usually consist of