In the rapidly accumulating literature on benign bronchial tumors, one type stands out as deserving special consideration. Variously designated as "bronchial adenoma," "adenomatous polyp" and "vascular adenoma," it is a type of growth which can now be fairly accurately identified histologically and recognized clinically. Being the most common, it deserves to be considered apart from the motley group of benign endobronchial tumors which have been thrown together under one heading in the literature.
Any bronchial growth if left untreated ultimately produces occlusion of a bronchus with resulting atelectasis, drowned lung and pulmonary suppuration. Earlier recognition, which is now occurring with increasing frequency, permits treatment before irreparable damage to the lungs has been done. Of the bronchial new growths the benign vascular adenomas appear to show the most constant clinical course. Study of the case histories in the literature bears this out.
Since publication of the opinion of Jackson and Jackson,1
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