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Saber-Sheath Trachea
Gerald F. Abbott, MD, FACR; Brett W. Carter, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            • Diagnostic Checklist

              TERMINOLOGY

              • Definitions

                • Abnormal configuration of intrathoracic trachea in which coronal dimension is ≤ 2/3 of sagittal dimension

              IMAGING

              • General Features

                • Radiographic Findings

                  • CT Findings

                    • Imaging Recommendations

                      DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                        PATHOLOGY

                        • General Features

                          • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                            CLINICAL ISSUES

                            • Presentation

                              • Demographics

                                • Natural History & Prognosis

                                  • Treatment

                                    DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                    • Consider

                                      Selected References

                                      1. Fukai I et al: Saber-sheath malacic trachea remodeled and fixed into a normal shape by long-term placement and then removal of gianturco wire stent. Ann Thorac Surg. 76(2):597-8, 2003
                                      2. Webb EM et al: Using CT to diagnose nonneoplastic tracheal abnormalities: appearance of the tracheal wall. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 174(5):1315-21, 2000
                                      3. Stark P et al: Imaging of the trachea and upper airways in patients with chronic obstructive airway disease. Radiol Clin North Am. 36(1):91-105, 1998
                                      4. Trigaux JP et al: CT of saber-sheath trachea. Correlation with clinical, chest radiographic and functional findings. Acta Radiol. 35(3):247-50, 1994
                                      5. Greene R: "Saber-sheath" trachea: relation to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 130(3):441-5, 1978
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                                      KEY FACTS

                                      • Terminology

                                        • Imaging

                                          • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                            • Pathology

                                              • Clinical Issues

                                                • Diagnostic Checklist

                                                  TERMINOLOGY

                                                  • Definitions

                                                    • Abnormal configuration of intrathoracic trachea in which coronal dimension is ≤ 2/3 of sagittal dimension

                                                  IMAGING

                                                  • General Features

                                                    • Radiographic Findings

                                                      • CT Findings

                                                        • Imaging Recommendations

                                                          DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                            PATHOLOGY

                                                            • General Features

                                                              • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                                CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                • Presentation

                                                                  • Demographics

                                                                    • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                      • Treatment

                                                                        DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                        • Consider

                                                                          Selected References

                                                                          1. Fukai I et al: Saber-sheath malacic trachea remodeled and fixed into a normal shape by long-term placement and then removal of gianturco wire stent. Ann Thorac Surg. 76(2):597-8, 2003
                                                                          2. Webb EM et al: Using CT to diagnose nonneoplastic tracheal abnormalities: appearance of the tracheal wall. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 174(5):1315-21, 2000
                                                                          3. Stark P et al: Imaging of the trachea and upper airways in patients with chronic obstructive airway disease. Radiol Clin North Am. 36(1):91-105, 1998
                                                                          4. Trigaux JP et al: CT of saber-sheath trachea. Correlation with clinical, chest radiographic and functional findings. Acta Radiol. 35(3):247-50, 1994
                                                                          5. Greene R: "Saber-sheath" trachea: relation to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 130(3):441-5, 1978