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Korean Journal of Head & Neck Oncology 1997;13(2):247-250.
Published online November 30, 1997.
Cervical Bronchogenic Cyst
Suk Ju Kim;Woung Youn Chung;Cheung Soo Park
경부 피하조직내에 발생한 기관지성 낭종
Bronchogenic cysts are thought to be uncommon developmental anomalies. They develop from small buds or diverticuli that separate from the foregut in the formation of the tracheo-bronchial tree. They are nearly always located near the tracheal bifurcation; However, these lesions can occur anywhere along the tracheo-bronchial tree. We experienced a case of cervical bronchogenic cyst presenting sorely as an anterior neck mass in a 26-year-old woman. The neck ultrasonography showed as 1.4×1.1cm sized hypoechoic lesion with a well-defined margin on the isthmic portion of the thyroid gland. Excision of the mass was carried out. The mass was superfical to the strap muscle and was contained within the subcutaneous tissue in the midline without any connection to the trachea. Grossly, the mass was an oval-shaped cystic lesion which measured 1.5 cm in the greatest diameter. The cyst was filled with thick, yellow, jelly-like material and the inner surface was smooth and glistening. Microscopically, the cyst showed a lining of ciliated columnar epithelium, beneath which was a loose areolar stroma containing plaques of mucous glands and mature cartilage. We thought this cervical bronchogenic cyst appeared to represent an expression of complete aberrent accessory lung bud detachment from the primitive foregut.
Key Words: Cervical bronchogenic cyst
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