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Paratracheal air cyst

Case contributed by Maulik S Patel
Diagnosis certain


Non-traumatic cervical pain. No other complaints.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
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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