Paratracheal air cyst

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Non-traumatic cervical pain. No other complaints.

Patient Data

Age: 45 yrs
Gender: Female

X-ray - 30 x 20 x 14 mm air cyst is noted in right para-tracheal region.

No significant abnormality is seen in cervical spine.


Normal axial view of left paratracheal region for comparision shows trachea, esophagus, thyroid gland and neck major vessels

Right lower axial view of neck shows abnormal air 'Shadow' between carotid vessel and normal tracheal air.

Air noted at lower pole of right lobe of thyroid gland

Case Discussion

Features are consistent with a paratracheal air cyst.

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Case information

rID: 12636
Published: 27th Dec 2010
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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