Sudden improvement of respiratory failure in a woman with carcinoma of the colon

G. Brunetti, M. Delmastro, G. Poggi, F. Avanza, G. Bertoli

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We present a case of bronchial and endotracheal metastases completely blocking the left main bronchus and partially occluding the middle lobe bronchus contributing to severe respiratory failure. The patient's lack of consent to laser resection of the mass led to the use of chemotherapy; after the first cycle of treatment a neoplastic mass about 3 cm long was spontaneously expelled with a cough. The expulsion of the metastasis caused rapid improvement of the dyspnea and gas exchange; however, the continuation of the chemotherapy did not bring any further benefit to the patient, who died 115 days after diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalMonaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Colon adenocarcinoma
  • Endobronchial metastasis
  • Respiratory failure
  • Videobronchoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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