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Radiation Therapy for Tracheobronchial Amyloidosis

Jeffrey A. Kurrus; John K. Hayes; John R. Hoidal; Margaret M. Menendez; Mark R. Elstad
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Affiliations: From the Division of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine (Department of Internal Medicine); and the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT.,  From the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT.,  From the Medicine Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT; and the Division of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine (Department of Internal Medicine), University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT.,  From the Medicine Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT; and the Division of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine (Department of Internal Medicine); and the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT.

Mark R. Elstad, MD, CVRTI, 95 S 2000 E, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5000; e-mail: mark_ elstad@gatormail.cvrti.utah.edu


1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1998;114(5):1489-1492. doi:10.1378/chest.114.5.1489
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Abstract

A 67-year-old man presented with localized tracheobronchial amyloidosis involving the distal trachea and the right-sided airways. The disease caused right middle lobe collapse and threatened the right upper and lower lobes. A variety of bronchoscopic methods, including Nd:YAG laser resection, dilation, and stenting, were used as temporizing methods. External beam radiation therapy, considered because of disease progression, caused a measurable local response. Radiation therapy should be considered as a treatment option for localized tracheobronchial amyloidosis causing airway obstruction.


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