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Tracheolith: a case report of a new disease entity

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This case reports a stone in the trachea of a patient with tracheostomy. The presence of stone in the airway is uncommon condition. Broncholithiasis is characterized by formation of the stone due to erosion of calcified lymph node in the bronchus. There is no reported case of a stone in the trachea in the literature. The pathophysiology of this condition is still unknown, but we think that it is related to prolong tracheostomy. We recommend performing chest radiography in all cases of tracheostomy obstruction.

More investigation and data collection of same cases are needed to have a more clear picture regarding the pathophysiology and the underlying cause.

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Correspondence to Hussain Albaharna MD.

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Albaharna, H., Ahmad, A. Tracheolith: a case report of a new disease entity. Egypt J Otolaryngol 31, 202–203 (2015). https://doi.org/10.4103/1012-5574.161622

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Keywords

  • airway
  • broncholith
  • stone
  • tracheolith