2003 Volume 42 Issue 12 Pages 1215-1218
Neurilemmomas are benign tumors which originate from Schwann cells. They rarely occur in the trachea or bronchus. We encountered two cases of endobronchial neurilemmoma and in this context, reviewed 48 cases previously reported in Japan. Neurilemmomas can occur in all regions of the bronchial tree and they often progress into both intraluminal and extraluminal spaces. Incomplete resection results in a local recurrence, despite being rare. As for appropriate therapies, surgery, bronchofiberoptic removal and yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) laser resection can be chosen depending on the patient's status.
(Internal Medicine 42: 1215-1218, 2003)