Bronchial mucoepidermoid tumor in a 3-year-old child

Pediatr Surg Int. 1998 Sep;13(7):524-5. doi: 10.1007/s003830050390.


A 3-year-old girl was evaluated for persistent middle lobe atelectasis. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed a spherical mass occupying the middle-lobe bronchus. The biopsy specimen disclosed a low-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma. A lobectomy was performed. The patient is in good condition 2 years after the operation. Mucoepidermoid tumors are rare bronchial adenomas comprising 1% of all lung neoplasms. Children are very infrequently affected. The clinical behavior of these tumors is controversial. Surgical resection of the low-grade-type tumor has an excellent prognosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bronchi / pathology
  • Bronchial Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Bronchial Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Bronchial Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid* / epidemiology
  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid* / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid* / surgery
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans