Warfarin-induced tracheobronchial calcification

J Thorac Imaging. 2003 Apr;18(2):110-2. doi: 10.1097/00005382-200304000-00012.


Calcification of the trachea and proximal bronchi is a common, normal finding on chest radiographs in the elderly population, especially in women. More extensive airway calcification is also a rare manifestation of many pathologic conditions. The authors report a case of pathologic tracheobronchial calcification associated with long-term warfarin therapy. Chest radiographs showed prominent, diffuse calcification of the tracheobronchial tree. Computed tomography showed extensive calcification of the airway walls, extending from the trachea to the lung periphery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anticoagulants / adverse effects*
  • Aortic Valve / surgery
  • Bronchial Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bronchial Diseases / etiology
  • Calcinosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Calcinosis / etiology
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mitral Valve / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Tracheal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tracheal Diseases / etiology
  • Warfarin / adverse effects*


  • Anticoagulants
  • Warfarin