Yonsei Med J.  1999 Oct;40(5):523-526. 10.3349/ymj.1999.40.5.523.

Retroperitoneal multilocular bronchogenic cyst adjacent to adrenal gland

  • 1Department of Pathology, Yonsei University Wonju Medical College, Seoul, Korea. shindh417@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Family Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Radiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Pathology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Bronchogenic cysts are generally found in the mediastinum, particularly posterior to the carina, but they rarely occur in such unusual sites as the skin, subcutaneous tissue, pericardium, and even the retroperitoneum. A 30-year-old Korean man underwent surgery to remove a cystic adrenal mass incidentally discovered during routine physical checkup. At surgery, it proved to be a multilocular cyst located in the retroperitoneum adjacent to the left adrenal gland. Microscopically, the cyst was lined by respiratory epithelium over connective tissue with submucous glands, cartilage and smooth muscle, thereby histologically confirming bronchogenic cyst. This is the first reported case of retroperitoneal bronchogenic cyst in an adult without other congenital anomalies in Korea.


Bronchogenic cyst; multilocular; retroperitoneum; CT

MeSH Terms

Adrenal Glands/pathology*
Bronchogenic Cyst/pathology*
Bronchogenic Cyst/diagnosis
Case Report
Diagnosis, Differential
Retroperitoneal Space
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