Para-tracheal air cysts

Case contributed by Dr Ivan Turkalj


A male patient referred for CT due to left longstanding intercostal pain.

Patient Data

Age: 59
Gender: Male

Right-sided, multiloculated paratracheal air cysts at the level of thoracic inlet are evident. A clear connection of the trachea with one of the cysts is demonstrated.

No abnormalities of other structures of the chest are evident.

Case Discussion

Para-tracheal air cysts are a frequent CT finding that may mimic pneumomediastinum. Therefore every radiologist must be familiar with their typical appearance in order to prevent unnecessary surgical exploration, especially in patients sustained an injury.

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Case information

rID: 41463
Published: 2nd Dec 2015
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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