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A rare cause of wheezing

Alexander H. Cho, Jessica Logan, Jalil Ahari
  • Jessica Logan
    Department of Internal Medicine, DC VA Medical Center, Washington, DC, United States
  • Jalil Ahari
    Pulmonary/Critical Care Department, Washington University, Washington, DC, United States


A 24-year-old African American female nonsmoker, with a reported history of asthma presented to the hospital with 2 weeks of shortness of breath and sputum production. She had a chest X-ray and computed tomography scan that displayed evidence of a right upper lobe collapse. She subsequently had a bronchoscopy that revealed an endobronchial lesion at the opening of the right upper lobe bronchus. Biopsies performed were consistent with a granular cell tumor. Granular cell tumors are rare submucosal tumors of Schwann cell origin. Resection of the right upper lobe resolved her symptoms and wheezing.


Wheezing; Granular cell tumor; Resection

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Submitted: 2016-04-15 20:09:44
Published: 2016-11-16 09:48:14
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