Tracheal adenoid cystic carcinoma masquerading asthma: A case report

Kokturk N., Demircan S., Kurul C., Turktas H.

BMC Pulmonary Medicine, vol.4, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/1471-2466-4-10
  • Journal Name: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Tracheal tumors are often misdiagnosed as asthma and are treated with inhaled steroids and bronchodilators without resolution. Case Presentation: Here, a patient with tracheal adenoid cystic carcinoma who had been previously diagnosed with difficult asthma was reported. The possibility of the presence of localized airway obstruction was raised when the flow-volume curve suggesting fixed airway obstruction, was obtained. Conclusion: The presenting case report emphasizes the fact that not all wheezes are asthma. It is critical to bear in mind that if a patient does not respond to appropriate anti-asthma therapy, localized obstructions should be ruled out before establishing the diagnosis of asthma. © 2004 Kokturk et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.