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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 445-448  

Endobronchial capillary hemangioma a rare cause of hemoptysis

1 Jaipur Golden Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Saroj Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission09-Nov-2019
Date of Acceptance26-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication31-Aug-2020

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Dr. Rakesh Kumar Chawla
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Jaipur Golden Hospital and Saroj Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_508_19

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Endobronchial capillary hemangioma is a very rare benign tumor in adults. The clinical presentation and management of adult capillary hemangiomas involving the tracheobronchial tree are not yet established. We present a case of an isolated capillary hemangioma of the right main bronchus detected during the evaluation of an adult male presented with hemoptysis.

Keywords: Endobronchial, capillary hemangioma, hemoptysis

How to cite this article:
Chawla AK, Chaudhary G, Aggarwal M, Chawla MK, Chawla RK. Endobronchial capillary hemangioma a rare cause of hemoptysis. Lung India 2020;37:445-8

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Chawla AK, Chaudhary G, Aggarwal M, Chawla MK, Chawla RK. Endobronchial capillary hemangioma a rare cause of hemoptysis. Lung India [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 22];37:445-8. Available from: https://www.lungindia.com/text.asp?2020/37/5/445/293983

   Introduction Top

A capillary hemangioma (also known as an infantile hemangioma, strawberry hemangioma, and strawberry nevus) is the most common variant of hemangioma which appears as a raised, red, lumpy area of flesh anywhere on the body.

Capillary hemangioma is an exceptionally rare histologically benign lesion in the adult tracheobronchial tree, which can present as hemoptysis, and it should be considered as a possible cause.

   Case Report Top

A 44-year-old male patient presented to Jaipur Golden Hospital casualty who was referred from Government Medical College with complaint of cough and hemoptysis ON/OFF for 10 days. Cough was sometimes associated with sudden shortness of breath. There was no history of tuberculosis, asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. The patient is a smoker (1–2 cigarettes per day), nonalcoholic, and vegetarian by diet. Family history is also insignificant. On examination, Of respiratory system breath sound were heard bilaterally symmetrical. Routine investigations showed s/o thin-layer chromatography– 7900/mm 3, hemoglobin, differential leukocyte count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, LFT, KFT, and CBNAAT were normal. A chest X-ray was essentially normal [Figure 1]. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) of the thorax was done, which revealed a smoothly marginated 15 mm × 14 mm size well-defined solitary pulmonary nodule in the right main bronchus [Figure 2]. Bronchoscopy was done, which showed a 3 × 2 cm pedunculated benign polypoid mass in the right main bronchus [Figure 3]. The patient was then referred to Jaipur Golden Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. Here, the patient was taken up for interventional video bronchoscopy, in which bronchoscopic resection of the polypoid mass was done with snare followed by cryo cauterization of the base [Figure 4], [Figure 5], [Figure 6]. Tissue was taken out and sent for histopathological examination, which revealed capillary hemangioma [Figure 7]. The patient was discharged in stable condition after 3 h with advice to follow-up.
Figure 1: Chest skiagram of the patient before the procedure

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Figure 2: Computed tomography image of the patient before the procedure

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Figure 3: Fibreoptic bronchoscopy showing mass in the right main bronchus

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Figure 4: Mass in electrocautery snare

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Figure 5: Residual mass post snare

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Figure 6: Coagulation of residual mass with cryoprobe

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Figure 7: Hematoxylin and eosin staining showing bundles of capillaries, filled with blood, some of them are enlarged and separated by thin fibrous septae

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   Discussion Top

Hemangiomas are benign tumors that usually appear a few weeks after birth, grow more rapidly during infancy and undergo spontaneous slow involution later in childhood. A capillary hemangioma is the most common variant of hemangiomas. Although the pathogenesis is not completely understood, it is known that the rapid proliferation of the endothelial cells is characteristic.

Capillary hemangiomas of the tracheobronchial tree are very rare in both infants and adults. The clinical presentation and management of capillary hemangiomas involving adult tracheobronchial tree have occasionally been documented. According to the previous reports, tracheobronchial capillary hemangiomas may be smooth, lobular, or pedunculated lesions.

In adults, the most frequent causes of cough and hemoptysis are malignant tumors, infectious diseases (pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, and tuberculosis), cardiovascular disorders, and other inflammatory diseases. In cases with negative chest radiographs, bronchoscopy is often indicated; although, this intervention rarely clarifies the cause of these symptoms.

Our patient also had smooth, lobular, and pedunculated lesions and presented with hemoptysis. Although very rare, bronchial capillary hemangiomas may be a cause of hemoptysis in adults. CT of the thorax and fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB) are immensely helpful in the management of this condition.

FOB is important in the diagnosis and treatment of hemangiomas located in the trachea and bronchi. While the diagnosis is usually evident after bronchoscopy, dynamic contrast-enhanced CT is a valuable noninvasive method for the evaluation of airway hemangiomas.

Airway capillary hemangiomas respond well to bronchoscopic intervention.

In our case, the patient responded very well to endobronchial electrocautery with snare resection and postresection, we did cryoablation at the root of the lesion.

Previous case reports in adults have described tracheobronchial capillary hemangiomas as smooth,[1] pedunculated,[2] or lobular [3] lesions. In the past 50 years, the English literature [Table 1] has included seven different patients with a singular capillary hemangioma discovered during bronchoscopy; all but one presented with hemoptysis. Two patients presented with abnormal chest radiographs [2],[4] and only one correlated with the anatomic location of the endobronchial lesion. Although rare, capillary hemangioma of the tracheobronchial tree should be considered when observing distinct airway lesions in patients who present with hemoptysis.[10]
Table 1: Review of case reports detailing tracheobronchial capillary hemangiomas

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   Conclusion Top

Capillary hemangioma is a benign, rare, and treatable lesion that can cause hemoptysis in adult patients. The literature suggests that various modalities are available for treatment; however, most cases have responded favorably to simple forceps excision through flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Bronchial mucosal hemangiomas should be considered in the differential diagnosis of hemoptysis.

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   References Top

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