Tracheal calcification

Tracheal calcification, or tracheobronchial calcification, is a benign radiological finding of the middle aged and elderly and is usually of no clinical significance.

Patients are generally asymptomatic.

Long-term warfarin therapy may be associated with tracheal calcification, possibly because warfarin prevents the formation of vitamin K-dependent proteins which are responsible for preventing calcification 1,2.

The appearance is often striking on plain radiograph as individual tracheal rings become radio-opaque and stand out from the soft tissue mediastinum

No management is necessary.

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rID: 30191
System: Chest
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tracheal calcifications
  • Senile tracheal calcification
  • Tracheobronchial calcification
  • Tracheobronchial calcifications

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