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Submitted: 16 May 2007 Modified: 02 October 2018
HERDIN Record #: PCHRDPC990241

Air-filled cyst in the neck: The only documented sixth branchial anomaly.

1Manuel Tomas Colmenar,
2Frederick Y. Hawson
Department of Otolaryngology - St. Luke's Medical Center

Abstract

There are various congenital anomalies of branchial origin found in the neck region. This paper reports a case of a right anterolateral cervical air-filled cyst in a 47 year-old female. Several radiologic studies were done to establish a possible connection with the digestive and respiratory tracts. Differential diagnoses such as branchial cyst, laryngocele, a bronchogenic cyst or a pneumatocele were entertained. Subsequent neck exploration revealed a cyst with a sinus tract leading into the right apical pleura. Histopathologic examination showed findings consistent with a branchial cyst. It is, therefore valid to conclude that this is a cyst originating from the sixth branchial arch, the recurrent laryngeal nerve. This is perhaps the first and only documented case of such an anomaly in world literature.

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Publication Type:
Journal
Publication Sub Type:
Journal Article, Original
Title:
Philippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Frequency:
Semi-Annual
Publication Date:
1995
Page(s):
93-98
Publisher:
Philippine Society of Otolarygology Head and Neck Surgery, Inc.

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