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European Radiology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 190-192

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Endotracheal neurofibroma in neurofibromatosis type 1: an unusual manifestation

  • Jürgen K. WillmannAffiliated withInstitute of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich
  • , Dominik WeishauptAffiliated withInstitute of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich
  • , Peter B. KestenholzAffiliated withClinic of Pulmonary Surgery, University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich
  • , Alexander von SmekalAffiliated withInstitute of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich
  • , Borut MarincekAffiliated withInstitute of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich

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Abstract

Tracheal involvement is an extremely rare manifestation in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). We present a 33-year-old women with NF-1 suffering from progressive dyspnea. Multislice spiral CT revealed a neurofibroma located within the trachea with intratracheal extension. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an intratracheal neurofibroma which has been documented by CT. This indicates that multislice spiral CT allows accurate demonstration of localization and extent of this rare manifestation of neurofibromas.

Neurofibroma NF-1 Neurofibromatosis Multislice spiral CT Trachea