An Adult Tracheocele with No Predisposing Factor

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Ertas B., Ulug T., Aydin K.

BEZMIALEM SCIENCE, vol.5, no.3, pp.138-141, 2017 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.14235/bs.2016.1074
  • Title of Journal : BEZMIALEM SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.138-141


Tracheoceles are rare, and usually, they have been described as incidental findings while evaluating patients for other problems. Our patient complained of a mass located in the right supraclavicular region that got larger on coughing and straining; otherwise, he was asymptomatic. His history did not reveal any predisposing factors. Computed tomography showed an air-filled 3x2.5x2 cm mass at the level of the T2-4 vertebrae. Surgical exploration showed an air-filled mass located between the common carotid artery and trachea, communicating with the tracheal lumen via a narrow tract attached to the posterior wall of the trachea. The mass was completely resected, and the defect in the posterior wall was repaired. A literature search revealed only one tracheocele case without any predisposing factors, and our case is a new one. It is different from other tracheocele reports considering the origin side, type, and level of the lesion.