Tracheal ring calcification and nuchal ligament calcification

Case contributed by Soni C. Chawla
Diagnosis certain


Chronic neck pain.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

Dense tracheal ring calcifications (anteriorly overlying the trachea) and nuchal ligament (posterior at the C4-C5 level) calcification are present. 

Moderate degenerative spine and disc disease is noted in the cervical spine mainly centered at the C5-C6 level with disc space narrowing and anterior osteophytosis. 

Case Discussion

The incidentally noted tracheal and nuchal ligament calcifications are considered degenerative in etiology at this age.

Symptoms were attributed to moderate degenerative changes in the spine.

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