2010 Volume 32 Issue 6 Pages 508-511
Background. Lipoma is a well-known benign tumor. It is known as chondrolipoma, if nodules of chondrocytes are found within the lipoma. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no reports of chondrolipoma of the bronchus in the literature. Case. A 70-year-old smoking man with a history of treatment for bronchial asthma was admitted to our hospital for cough, sputum and wheezing. Chest roentogenography and computed tomography demonstrated a tumor in his left main bronchus. Bronchofiberscopic examination revealed a polypoid tumor on the left bronchial wall, which showed fluctuation in respiratory parameters. The tumor was resected by electrosurgery with an electric snare. After resection of the tumor, the patient's wheezing ceased. Chondrolipoma was diagnosed by pathological review. At the time of writing, no signs of recurrence have seen for a year since surgery. Conclusion. We presented a case of chondrolipoma of the bronchus. Bronchoscopic resection of a bronchial tumor with an electric snare should be an initial approach of choice, because it is a quick and minimally invasive treatment, and enables thorough pathological evaluation.