Lymphoepithelial cyst in the lung: A case report

Rakesh V. Alva, Lawrence Rosenthal, Linda B. Haramati, Rashna Madan, Thomas K. Aldrich

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An unusual endobronchial presentation of lymphoepithelial cysts (LECs) is described in a HIV-seropositive patient. The bilateral infrahilar cysts had followed an apparently benign course for 2 years. Bronchoscopy revealed an endobronchial mass occluding the anterior basilar segment of the left lower lobe. Biopsy resulted in emptying of the cyst and showed the typical pseudostratified columnar epithelium with intraepithelial lymphocytes of an LEC. This diagnosis should be considered in patients with HIV infection and pulmonary cysts on CT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1299-1302
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003


  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cavity
  • HIV infection
  • Lung mass
  • Lung nodule

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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