Endobronchial metastases

Endobronchial metastases (EBMs) are an uncommon form of intrathoracic metastases. They are much less common than intrapulmonary metastases.

The clinical presentation can vary and include

  • haemoptysis
  • cough
  • post-obstructive pneumonitis from distal obstruction

Frequently described primary malignancies which can lead to endobronchial metastases include

The overall prognosis is poor (averaging 1-2 years in most cases 7).  Palliative treatment with interventional bronchoscopy to prevent asphyxia may be effective in improving the quality of life in these patients 6.

The main is differential is that of an primary bronchogenic carcinoma.

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Article Information

rID: 1284
System: Chest
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Endobronchial metastasis
  • Endobronchial metastasis (EBM)

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