Fibrous histiocytoma of the trachea: management of a rare cause of upper airway obstruction

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1990 Aug;19(3):295-301. doi: 10.1016/0165-5876(90)90011-f.


We describe a case of fibrous histiocytoma of the trachea diagnosed in a 17-year-old female who presented with symptoms of 'asthma'. Management included rigid bronchoscopy with biopsy and debulking of this obstructing tumor, later excised with partial tracheal resection. Although tracheal tumors are quite rare in children, the majority (6/9) of reported cases of fibrous histiocytoma of the trachea have been described in the pediatric age group. The possibility of a tracheal neoplasm as a cause of wheezing, stridor or hemoptysis in children should be recognized. Control of the airway without tracheotomy may facilitate surgical cure via tracheal resection in such cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Airway Obstruction / etiology*
  • Female
  • Histiocytoma, Benign Fibrous / complications
  • Histiocytoma, Benign Fibrous / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Tracheal Neoplasms / complications
  • Tracheal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Tracheotomy / methods