Capps triad

Dr Dan J Bell and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The Capps triad refers to the constellation of clinical and imaging findings in patients with spontaneous retropharyngeal haematomas, and consists of:

  1. tracheal and oesophageal compression
  2. anterior displacement of the trachea
  3. subcutaneous bruising over the neck and anterior chest

History and etymology

Named after RB Capps who first described this triad in 1934 2.

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Article information

rID: 9651
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Capps' triad
  • Capp triad

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