Case Reports in Pulmonology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 592524, 3 pages
Lobular Capillary Hemangioma in the Posterior Trachea: A Rare Cause of Hemoptysis
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Clinic, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40536, USA
Received 24 September 2012; Accepted 22 October 2012
Academic Editors: L. Borderías and M. Plataki
Copyright © 2012 Ford Turner Amy and Diaz-Guzman Enrique. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Lobular capillary hemangiomas (LCH) have been cited in the literature as a rare potential cause for recurrent hemoptysis. They are mostly associated with cutaneous and mucosal surfaces. Rarely do they affect the trachea and associated airways in adults. Lobular capillary hemangiomas can be associated with previous trauma to the airway; however, drugs, hormonal shifts, viral oncogenes, production of angiogenic factors, and cytogenetic clonal deletion abnormalities can also influence these lesions. We document a case of a posterior wall tracheal hemangioma with associated recurrent hemoptysis in a 22-year-old male on testosterone therapy. An LCH attached to the posterior tracheal wall can be technically difficult to remove due to risk of perforation and bleeding. There have been no cases documented of posterior wall LCH.