What is CCAM/CPAM?

CCAM is also frequently referred to as a congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM). CCAM/CPAM is the most common type of fetal lung lesion. It develops before a baby is born, and can vary in size and be either fluid-filled or solid.

What is CPAM in pregnancy?

A congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) is a mass of abnormal fetal lung tissue that forms during pregnancy. This mass, or lesion, is usually located in one lung and it does not function as normal lung tissue. Lesions vary in size and appearance and can change significantly during the pregnancy.

Is congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) life threatening?

For most babies with a congenital pulmonary airway malformation, the condition is not life threatening. Sometimes, the lesions decrease in size or can no longer be seen during the pregnancy.

Where does CPAM occur in the body?

In CPAM, the cystic mass does not function as normal lung tissue. Males have this condition slightly more often than females. Where does CPAM occur? In most cases, CPAM is in only one of the lungs. (Less than 2 percent are in both lungs.) In 80 to 95 percent of cases, it is only present in one lobe of the affected lung.


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What is congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)?

Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM), one of the congenital lung diseases discussed under the umbrella term ‘congenital thoracic malformations,’ others being a bronchogenic cyst and pulmonary sequestration, is rare, but the most common developmental congenital anomaly of the lung.