Unilateral hyperlucency with left lower lobe mass in a patient with bronchial asthma

Chest. 1995 Feb;107(2):569-70. doi: 10.1378/chest.107.2.569.


Mucoepidermoid tumors are rare bronchial adenomas whose clinical presentation can mimic that of bronchial asthma. Bronchial adenoma should be included in the differential diagnosis of a patient with a persistent radiographic abnormality and clinical features of bronchial asthma. We present an adolescent female with a history suggestive of bronchial asthma and a persistent left lower lobe atelectasis, who later was found to have a low-grade mucoepidermoid tumor.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Adolescent
  • Asthma / diagnosis*
  • Bronchial Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Bronchial Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Mucoepidermoid Tumor / diagnosis
  • Mucoepidermoid Tumor / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiography