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Tracheal diverticulum: A rare finding in a patient with worsening chronic cough

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August 1, 2008
by Gregory P. Danielson, MD, Veronika Jedlovszky, MD, and Gary P. Landrigan, MD


Acquired tracheal diverticulum is a rare clinical entity with only limited reports in the literature. We report a case of a tracheal diverticulum that was identified as part of a work-up for a worsening cough. In this case the diverticulum was observed 2 years after surgical management of a retropharyngeal abscess. It was felt that pooling of secretions in the acquired pouch was a contributing factor in the exacerbation of the patient's chronic cough. Because of the patient's extensive comorbidities, observation and serial computed tomography scans were recommended.

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