Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2016 Feb;59(2):140-144. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2016.59.2.140.

Unusual Presentation of Second Branchial Cleft Cyst: Case Reports and Literature Review

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Chosun University School of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea. entjh28@chosun.ac.kr

Abstract

Second branchial cleft cysts are the most common neck masses found in adults. However, the parapharyngeal presence of branchial cleft cyst is very rare. We report three cases of parapharyngeal branchial cleft cyst in adults. They suffered from frequent oropharyngeal infection or abscess. We performed a transoral resection without any surgical complications. Biopsy revealed a squamous lined epithelial wall with lymphoid aggregation, which is characteristic of branchial cleft cyst. No evidence of recurrence was observed in 2 years.

Keyword

Branchial cleft cyst; Neck mass; Parapharynx

MeSH Terms

Abscess
Adult
Biopsy
Branchial Region*
Branchioma*
Humans
Neck
Recurrence
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