Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the trachea in a child

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1998 Oct 15;45(3):259-63. doi: 10.1016/s0165-5876(98)00108-6.


Primary tracheal neoplasms in children, especially malignant lesions, are extremely rare. We report a unique case of low-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the trachea in a 4-year old child, presenting as new-onset asthma. Using the ventilating resectoscope, endoscopic excision was accomplished without complications. The case is presented with documentation including airway films, endoscopic photographs, and histopathology. The diagnosis of tracheal masses depends upon maintaining a high index of suspicion, complemented by imaging and timely diagnostic endoscopy. A review of the literature is included.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid* / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid* / surgery
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Tracheal Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Tracheal Neoplasms* / surgery