Tracheal calcification

Last revised by Dr Mostafa El-Feky on 16 Oct 2020

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 radiopaque and stand out from the soft tissue mediastinum

No management is necessary.

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