Capps triad

The Capps triad refers to the constellation of clinical and imaging findings in patients with spontaneous retropharyngeal hematomas, and consists of:

  1. tracheal and esophageal compression
  2. anterior displacement of the trachea
  3. subcutaneous bruising over the neck and anterior chest

History and etymology

Named after RB Capps who first described this triad in 1934 2.

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Article information

rID: 9651
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Capps' triad
  • Capp triad

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