Saber sheath trachea

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Ho


Preoperative chest x-ray

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Male

Diffuse narrowing of the intrathoracic trachea.  Extrathoracic trachea has a normal caliber.


Side-to-side narrowing of the intrathoracic trachea.  It is longer (anterior-posterior) than it is wide (side-to-side).

Case Discussion

Most commonly associated with emphysema or COPD.

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Case information

rID: 28522
Published: 29th Mar 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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