Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2000 Dec;43(12):1372-1374.

Bronchogenic Cyst Presenting as an Anterior Neck Mass

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. geonchoi@kuccnx.korea.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Pathology, Korea University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


A bronchogenic cyst is an abnormality of pulmonary differentiation, usually detected in pediatric patients. The location of bronchogenic cysts in the midline of anterior neck has been described, but it is known to be quite rare. A case of a 6-year-old male with a palpable mass in the anterior neck is presented. The patient was admitted with a complaint of a 2 X 2 cm sized, soft, non-tender mass in the anterior neck. The clinical impression was that of a thyroglossal duct cyst ; however, the histopathologic diagnosis of a bronchogenic cyst was made on the surgical specimen, Following surgical treatments, the recovery was uneventful. Since masses of the head and neck may encompass a variety of histopathologic diagnoses, it is important to include bronchogenic cysts in differential diagnoses for infants and children.


Bronchogenic cyst; Neck; Congenital disorder
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