Tumors and tumorlike conditions of the large airways

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Aug;201(2):301-13. doi: 10.2214/AJR.12.9043.


Objective: Large-airway tumors and tumorlike conditions are uncommon, but a systematic approach aids in narrowing the differential diagnosis. In this article, we describe an approach to dealing with large-airway lesions and discuss their imaging characteristics and clinical presentations.

Conclusion: We have found it useful to separate these entities into groups on the basis of the distribution pattern (focal vs diffuse) and location (trachea vs bronchi).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bronchial Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Bronchial Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Tracheal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Tracheal Neoplasms / diagnosis