The carina is at the bottom of the trachea and is the point at which the trachea divides into the left and right main bronchus leading to the lungs. Tumors that involve the carina present can be quite challenging to treat.

The Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital has extensive experience in primary carinal resection and reconstruction.

Causes of Tumors of the Carina

Most commonly, tumors of the carina are caused by lung cancer or primary tumors of the trachea, such as adenoid cystic or squamous cancer. These very complicated problems require skilled surgical anesthesia and intensive care teams, along with skilled nursing to achieve optimal results.

Surgeons in the Division of Thoracic Surgery are experienced in treating tumors of the carina.