Radiation Therapy for Tracheobronchial Amyloidosis*

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Abstract

A 67-year-old man presented with localized tracheobronchial amyloidosis involving the distal trachea and the right-sided airways. The disease caused right middle lobe collapse and threatened the right upper and lower lobes. A variety of bronchoscopic methods, including Nd:YAG laser resection, dilation, and stenting, were used as temporizing methods. External beam radiation therapy, considered because of disease progression, caused a measurable local response. Radiation therapy should be considered as a treatment option for localized tracheobronchial amyloidosis causing airway obstruction. (CHEST 1998; 114:1489-1492)

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