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 radiopaque and stand out from the soft tissue mediastinum

No management is necessary.

Share article

Article information

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

Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads

Cases and figures

  • Case 1
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Case 2
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Case 3
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.

     Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

     Thank you for updating your details.