A Forty-Six-Year-Old Man With Tracheomegaly and Bronchiectasis


Abbas Fadaii 1 , * , Bahador Bagheri 2

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

2 Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran

How to Cite: Fadaii A, Bagheri B. A Forty-Six-Year-Old Man With Tracheomegaly and Bronchiectasis, Arch Clin Infect Dis. 2012 ; 7(3):102-3. doi: 10.5812/archcid.14644.


Archives of Clinical Infectious Diseases: 7 (3); 102-3
Published Online: July 2, 2012
Article Type: Case Report
Received: April 6, 2012
Revised: April 20, 2012
Accepted: May 1, 2012


Tracheomegaly or tracheobronchomegaly is a rare syndrome which is characterized by dramatic dilatation of the trachea and the major bronchi. This syndorme is usually associated with chronic respiratory infection and airway obstruction. In this paper, a case with tracheomegaly and bronchiectasis was scrutinized.

1. Introduction

Mounier-Kuhn Syndrome is a rare and genetic disorder which is described by dilatation of the trachea and the main bronchus (1, 2). The patients suffering from this disease mainly complain about chronic coughs, purulent sputum and recurrent infection of the lower respiratory tract (3). It was not until 1932 that Mounier-Kuhn Syndrome was first described. It usually initiates primarily with no specific cause hitherto. Autopsy findings suggest a congenital defect or atrophy of elastic tissues or smooth muscles of the trachea and main bronchus (3-5). Moreover, tracheobronchomegaly is also described in association with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Marfan syndrome, Kenny-Caffey syndrome, and Brachmann-de Lange syndrome (6, 7). However, the disease typically discloses sporadically. There exists a male predominance , additionally patients are usually adults (1). The symptoms of tracheomegaly are sputum production due to bronchiectasis and infection of the lower respiratory tract. The blockade in mucociliary clearance and inefficient cough mechanism are likely to result in recurrent pneumonia, bronchiectasis, and fibrosis in airways which are markedly dilated. Patients may develop dyspnea and respiratory failure due to extensive damage to the lungs. Furthermore, pneumothorax, hemoptysis and finger clubbing may develop (4, 8). The diagnosis of syndrome is based on chest roentgenogram or CT scan. In females, the transverse diameter of trachea exceeding 21mm and the diameter of the right and left main bronchus exceeding 19.8 mm and 17.4 mm is suggestive for Mounier-Kuhn syndrome. In males, the cut-off is 25 mm for trachea, 21.1 mm and 18.4 mm for right and left main bronchus, respectively (9, 10).

2. Case Presentation

A forty-six-year-old man was referred to Sasan Hospital, Tehran, Iran to evaluate a chronic cough which has been going on for 20 years. He complained about mucoid sputum which was sometimes purulent and bloody. He is a farmer who does not smoke. He denied fever, dyspnea, or weight loss. He had no history of admission, allergy or systemic diseases. There was also no history of respiratory diseases, TB or similar symptoms in his family. Physical examinations proved that the patient was conscious and well-nourished without respiratory distress. The vital signs were normal whereas respiratory rate was 25/min. Respiratory examination revealed crackles at both lungs which was changed by coughing. Finger clubbing was not found. Chest X-ray (Figure 1) and Chest CT scans (Figure 2 and 3) were performed. The results showed tracheomegaly with dramatic increase in the diameters of the trachea and a modest increase in the diameters of the right and left-main bronchi.

Figure 1. Chest X-Ray Shows Dilatation of the Trachea and Bronchomegaly
Figure 2. Chest CT Scan in Axial Plane Shows Tracheomegaly

Mild bronchiectasis was also present in right lung. Body plathysmogrophy disclosed a slight decrease in pulmonary volumes with a restrictive pattern. A bronchoscopy was performed and revealed complete atrophy of the trachea membranes. No diverticular outpunching was found. Sputum and tracheal samples were negative for TB.

3. Conclusions

There is currently no effective therapy for this disease. However, treatment is chiefly supportive to relieve dyspnea and other exhausting symptoms. Asymptomatic patients require no specific therapy while symptomatic patients have need of antibiotic therapy and postural drainage. Besides, bronchoscopy and tracheostomy can be used for the management of secretions. Last but not least, it should be pointed out that patients with marked respiratory collapse may undergo endothelial stenting (10, 11).




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