Flexible argon plasma coagulation treatment of obstructive tracheal metastatic melanoma

Pasquale Capaccio, Andrea Peri, Paolo Fociani, Angelita Ferri, Francesco Ottaviani

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Metastases to the tracheobronchial tree may be considered rare, and melanoma metastases to the trachea are very uncommon. We here report the case of a 61-year-old woman with metastatic melanoma to the trachea occurring 2 years after the excision of a right shoulder skin nodule. The patient underwent argon plasma coagulation (APC) recanalization of the malignant airway under flexible bronchoscopy, which led to the stable resolution of the respiratory symptoms. We also discuss the possible palliative therapeutic options for such metastases, including the APC technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-255
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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