CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 465-467

Accidental discovery of a mass on the left main bronchus in a patient undergoing thyroid surgery


Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, College of Medicine, Qassim University, Buraydah, Qassim, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohammed Abaalkhayl
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, College of Medicine, Qassim University, P. O. Box 14452, Qassim
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sja.SJA_6_18

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A left lung mass after induction and tracheal intubation, which partially was obstructing the left main bronchus, was accidentally discovered in a 56-year-old female scheduled to undergo elective total thyroidectomy. Her preoperative chest X-ray showed a right-sided shift of the trachea. She did not have stridor or shortness of breath or superior vena cava obstructive syndrome. Induction and tracheal intubation were performed uneventfully. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy performed and showed complete obstruction on the left main bronchus. Excision biopsy suggested mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC). MEC is one of the very rare neoplasms of the lungs. Most lesions are low grade and overall prognosis may be more favorable than other forms of lung cancer.


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