Bronchogenic cysts of the neck in adults

Kenneth A. Newkirk, Edward J. Krowiak, Andrew B. Tassler, Ziad E. Deeb

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Bronchogenic cysts are congenital sacs that result from maldevelopment of the primitive foregut. Although they occur predominantly in the chest, there are reports of lesions in extrathoracic locations. The majority of reported bronchogenic cysts located in the neck are found in the pediatric population; a review of the literature reveals few reports of bronchogenic cysts of the neck among adults. The diagnosis of a bronchogenic cyst relies on the histology and location of the lesion. Here, we review our experience in the diagnosis and management of 2 adult patients with pathologically proven bronchogenic cysts. Both patients presented with solitary neck masses that proved to be bronchogenic cysts on histologic examination. Our purpose is to define the histopathologic and clinical characteristics of bronchogenic cysts and discuss the features that distinguish them from other cervical cysts. In conclusion, congenital bronchogenic cysts can occur in the neck of adults and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cystic cervical masses in adults, as well as children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-695
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Bronchogenic cyst
  • Congenital cyst
  • Neck

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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