Gradually worsening dyspnea and dry cough in an elderly patient

Submitted: April 26, 2017
Accepted: July 1, 2017
Published: July 18, 2017
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Primary tracheal chondrosarcomas are an extremely rare condition that affect adult of all ages, 24% being more that 70 years old.  The progression may be slow, with symptoms that may continue up to 72 months before diagnosis is made. The clinical manifestations, that include a combination of nonproductive cough, wheezing, and dyspnea without hemoptysis often leads to misdiagnosis of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We report a case of an 87-year-old male, a Medical Doctor, with such a history, in whom a diagnosis of a tracheal chondrosarcoma was finally performed, 12 months after the first manifestation of the disease.     



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Emanuela Barisione, San Martino Hospital
Depertment of internal medicine, Pulmonary Division
Giovanni A. Rossi, G. Gaslini Hospital
Department of Pediatrics, Pulmonary and Allergy Disease Unit and Cystic Fibrosis Center, G Gaslini Hospital

How to Cite

Barisione, Emanuela, Giovanni A. Rossi, and Mario Salio. 2017. “Gradually Worsening Dyspnea and Dry Cough in an Elderly Patient”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 87 (2).