Although bronchial adenoma may remain undiagnosed for years because of the small
tumor size and the slow growth pattern, people should be aware of its
symptoms, particularly breathing difficulties and obstruction. Because coughing
up blood is a danger sign and nearly always indicative of a serious
, immediate medical attention is warranted in these cases.
Following surgical resection (removal), the overall 5-year survival rate for
people with bronchial adenoma is 96%. Long-term follow-up studies in most series
report little evidence of local recurrence or distant metastases following
surgical removal of bronchial adenoma. However, a few reports exist of local
recurrence or distant metastases following adequate resection.
Overall, the long-term prognosis for people with bronchial adenoma is excellent;
therefore, limited resection should be used whenever possible.
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