Bronchial Atresia with Transient Spontaneous Disappearance of a Mucocele

Nobuaki Miyahara, Ryosuke Eda, Shigeki Makihara, Tadashi Maeda, Keisuke Aoe, Naomi Kunichika, Hiroyuki Kohara, Hiroyasu Takeyama, Mine Harada

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We report the transient spontaneous disappearance of a mucocele due to bronchial atresia. Two years before presentation, a chest radiograph showed a hyperlucent right upper lung and a mucocele near the right hilum. A chest radiograph taken 1 year later showed that the mucocele had disappeared leaving an ovoid outline of a dilated bronchus. A chest radiograph obtained 3 months before presentation showed that the mucocele was present again. Atresia of the B3b bronchus of the right upper lobe was noted on thoracotomy. The "disappearance" of the mucocele probably was due to the clearance of mucoid material through collateral airways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)974-978
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Bronchial obstruction
  • Bronchocele
  • Collateral pathway
  • Focal emphysema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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