Central airway obstruction caused by adenoid cystic carcinoma in pregnancy

a case report and review of the literature

Samaneh Shafiee*, Alan Adno, Bruce French, Cherynne Johansson, Anthony Frankel, Jonathan P. Williamson

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Abstract

Malignancy complicates one in a thousand pregnancies. The most frequently diagnosed of these are breast, cervical, melanoma, ovarian, and haematological neoplasms. Tumours of respiratory origin are very uncommon during pregnancy. We present a case of tracheal adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), a rare type of primary airway tumour, diagnosed in a pregnant woman. To our knowledge, this is the third reported case of tracheal ACC complicating pregnancy. We discuss potential barriers to timely diagnosis of malignancies during pregnancy and consider optimal management strategies, taking into account the potential harm to the mother and foetus in a field with a limited evidence base.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00317
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalRespirology Case Reports
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adenoid cystic carcinoma
  • pregnancy
  • tracheal cancer

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