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Vol. 55. Issue 9.
Pages 490 (September 2019)
Vol. 55. Issue 9.
Pages 490 (September 2019)
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Endobronchial Lipoma Excision by Cryotherapy and Flexible Bronchoscopy
Exéresis mediante crioterapia y broncoscopia flexible de lipoma endobronquial
Sofía Jaurrieta Largoa,
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, Blanca de Vega Sáncheza, Carlos Disdier Vicentea,b
a Servicio de Neumología, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
b Centro de Investigación en Red Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERES), Madrid, Spain
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We report the case of a 69-year-old man with a history of alveolar infiltrate in the right upper lobe, without radiological resolution despite the administration of empirical antibiotic treatment. Computed tomography (CT) showed a lesion of fat density (−100 UH) located in the anterior segmental bronchus (corresponding to B3) extending to subsegmental bronchi B3A and B3B (Fig. 1A). The lesion was subsequently confirmed with flexible bronchoscopy (Fig. 1B). It was completely resected under general anesthesia with laryngeal mask, using the Pentax Medical EB19-J10® flexible bronchoscope and ERBE® cryotherapy probe (2.4mm diameter). There were no complications during the procedure.

Fig. 1.

(A) Lesion of fat density in the chest CT scan in the anterior segmental bronchus of the right upper lobe. (B) Examination with flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy, showing the lesion occupying the entrance to anterior segmental bronchus of the right upper lobe. (C) Image of the lesion after excision. (D) Histologic image of the lesion (×10). (E) Image of recanalization of anterior segmental bronchus of the right upper lobe after treatment.


The pathology report characterized the lesion as an endobronchial lipoma, a rare benign entity (incidence of 0.5%),1 with a clinical progress that in most cases is insidious (hemoptysis, dyspnea, cough, etc.) or silent (Fig. 1C and D). Surgical intervention has now been relegated to the background as a result of advances in respiratory endoscopy, a procedure that is less invasive and relatively free of complications.2


We thank Henar Borrego Pintado of the Pathology Department of Hospital Clínico de Valladolid, Valladolid.

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Please cite this article as: Jaurrieta Largo S, de Vega Sánchez B, Disdier Vicente C. Endobronchial lipoma excision by cryotherapy and flexible bronchoscopy. Arch Bronconeumol. 2019;55:490.

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