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what is calcified anterior proximal thyroid cartilage?

Hi,

I was reviewing some of my test results and I was wondering if someone understood what this means:

The posterior nasla pharynx, the laryngopharynx, the larynx and the proximal trachea are normal. No neck masses or prevertebral soft tissue thickening are recognized. The epiglottis is normal. The cervical spine is normal.

There are some calcified anterior proximal thyroid cartilages, but no tracheal stenosis.

I am still feeling like I have something in my throat and was going to ask to be seen by an ent to have them look in my throat and check everything out. I had this soft tissue x ray done several months ago and would like to know if this would have shown if there was anything wrong in my throat. What is the reference to the thyroid cartilages? Maybe I need to show this to my endo instead.. Does anyone have any idea how to interpret this. Thank you..Dawn
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I am having the same problem in my throat. I got a soft tissue xray as well and it shows that I have calcification. My opinion from my own research is that I have a vitamin D deficiency and candida problems. Because I am unable to absorb my calcium because of my D deficiency it starts to calcify. Check your D levels.
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The tissue transformation [from cartilage to the bone] should not cause pain.
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Ok so what exactly does that mean? Would I be having any problems in my throat because of it. They did this xray because I felt like something was pushing on my throat and I was having a hard time getting a deep breath. I am still having the same issues, is this related?

Could you explain this to me in more simpiler terms. Sorry to be so difficult but I don't still don't understand.

Thanks.. Dawn
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In plain terms this means that the front wall of your voice box  -  thyroid cartilage [aka adam's apple] turns into the bone due to calcification.
The article fragment explains it in medical terms:
"The thyroid, cricoid, and greater part of the arytenoid cartilages consist of hyaline cartilage that undergoes calcification and ossification as part of the aging process. The terms “calcified” and “ossified” are often used synonymously but calcification always precedes ossification when cartilage becomes transformed into bone.
Terminal differentiation and mineralization of human thyroid cartilage occurs usually after the end of adolescence. At that time, most of the previously cartilaginous human skeletal elements have become ossified and the epiphyseal plates are in the process of closing. Ossification normally starts in both sexes at the posterior border, the lower margin, and the inferior horn of the thyroid cartilage. Ossification commences about the 25th year in the thyroid cartilage and somewhat later in the cricoid and arytenoids. By the 65th year, these cartilages may be completely converted into bone".
This generally is not considered the pathological process.
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