Primary clear cell carcinoma of the trachea: A CARE-compliant case report

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Primary clear cell carcinoma of the lung is a rare condition, and presentation as an endotracheal lesion is even more unusual. In this report, we present a patient with clear cell carcinoma occurring in the trachea, which obstructed the tracheal lumen and lead to the respiratory distress.

Patient concerns:

A 60-year old female patient was admitted due to a 6-month history of dyspnea with worsening symptoms for 1 month. Chest CT scan revealed a smooth nodular shadow with homogeneous density on the wall of upper trachea.


Bronchoscopy therapy and surgical removal of the tumor were performed. The histopathological diagnosis revealed clear cell carcinoma.


Surgical removal of the clear cell carcinoma was performed.


The patient recovered well after the surgery and is now being followed-up after hospital discharge.


Bronchoscopy is an essential tool for diagnosis of tracheal clear cell carcinoma. Surgical removal should be performed if possible.

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