Atypical 2nd branchial cleft cyst (type IV) - infected
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Niknejad M, Atypical 2nd branchial cleft cyst (type IV) - infected. Case study, Radiopaedia.org (Accessed on 02 Apr 2023) https://doi.org/10.53347/rID-20986
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26 Dec 2012
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Pain and swelling of the neck.
Age: 25 years
From the case: Atypical 2nd branchial cleft cyst (type IV) - infected
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Axial C+ arterial phase
Well-defined cystic mass with thick, smooth and enhanced wall is seen at parapharyngeal-prevertebral spaces. Cervical lymphadenopathies also are noted.
The imaging findings are compatible with 2nd branchial cleft cyst (atypical - type IV) which seems to be infected. Although the most common location for a 2nd branchial cleft cyst is the submandibular space, the cyst can atypically present in the parapharyngeal space.
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