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Bronchogenic cyst vs esophageal duplication cyst

Bronchogenic cysts and esophageal duplication cysts are embryological foregut duplication cysts and are also differential diagnoses for a cystic mediastinal mass.


  • asymptomatic bronchogenic cyst
  • symptomatic esophageal cyst in the case of peptic ulceration
Plain radiograph 
  • bronchogenic cysts appear at a subcarinal location (most commonly)
  • esophageal cysts appear more tubular and in close relation to the esophagus
Cyst wall
  • thin-walled bronchogenic cyst
  • relatively thick-walled esophageal cyst (due to the presence of smooth muscle)

See also

Article information

rID: 27434
Section: Approach
Tag: shetty
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Bronchogenic cysts vs oesophageal duplication cysts
  • Bronchogenic cyst vs esophageal duplication cyst
  • Bronchogenic cysts vs esophageal duplication cysts

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  • Bronchogenic cyst - mediastinal
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