Surgical resection of mucoepidermoid carcinoma at the carina in a 9-year-old boy

J Pediatr Surg. 1998 Oct;33(10):1561-2. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(98)90499-7.


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of trachea and bronchi is a rare tumor, especially in children. The authors report a case of 9-year-old boy with mucoepidermoid carcinoma at the carina. His presenting symptoms were hemoptysis of recent onset and intermittent cough of 2 years' duration. Preoperative assessment of the tumor was an intraluminal polypoid mass arising from the carina extending into the trachea and right main stem bronchus. A complete resection with reconstruction of carina was successful. The tumor was 12 mm in size, polypoid with a broad base. It had characteristic features of a low-grade mucoepidermoid tumor, namely, admixture of islands of intermediate cells and glandular components with invasion of submucosa. The patient is now 15 months postsurgery free of disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bronchial Neoplasms / pathology
  • Bronchial Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid / surgery*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Tracheal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Tracheal Neoplasms / surgery*