Tracheal calcification

Case contributed by Dr Dalia Ibrahim

Presentation

Dyspnea

Patient Data

Age: 85 years old
Gender: Male
CT

Diffuse smooth calcfication of the trachea, main and segmental bronchi.

Atherosclerotic calcfication of the aorta.

Mild right pleural effusion with subsegmental atelecatsis

Case Discussion

Tracheal calcification is a (incidental) benign radiological finding of the middle aged and elderly and is usually of no clinical significance.

The appearance is often striking as individual tracheal rings become radio-opaque and stand out from the soft tissue mediastinum. 

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Case information

rID: 38399
Case created: 17th Jul 2015
Last edited: 30th Nov 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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