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Cryodebulking of endobronchial hamartoma via fibreoptic bronchoscopy and literature review
  1. Boon Hau Ng1,
  2. Andrea Ban Yu-Lin1,
  3. Hsueh Jing Low2 and
  4. Mohamed Faisal1
  1. 1Respiratory Unit, Department of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  2. 2Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mohamed Faisal; arabinose{at}


Endobronchial hamartoma is a rare tumour. We report a 65-year-old woman with a history of recurrent pneumonia. Bronchoscopy revealed a 1 cm endobronchial mass obstructing the left upper lobe bronchus. Histopathological examination was consistent with a pulmonary hamartoma. This lesion was successfully debulked endoscopically with the use of a flexible cryoprobe without any complications. This case highlights both the importance of investigating recurrent pneumonia and the usefulness of endoscopic recanalisation in an obstructed segmental bronchus.

  • pneumonia (respiratory medicine)
  • mechanical ventilation

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  • Contributors BHN and HJL took the lead in writing the manuscript and literature review. BHN and HJL wrote the manuscript with input from all authors. ABY-L and MF were involved in literature review. BHN and HJL wrote the manuscript in consultation with ABY-L and MF. All authors provided critical feedback and helped shape the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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