Epiglottic cyst

Case contributed by Dr Derek Smith


Cystic mass in the airway identified at the time of intubation for unrelated elective surgery.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

Cystic structure maximally measuring 25 mm in the left vallecular-epiglottic fold. This appears to arise from the epiglottis (best seen on sagittal). Homogeneous, low attenuation center with faint peripheral wall. No associated infective features. No nodal abnormality. The remainder of the aerodigestive tract is normal, with no other neck mass. Small hypodense part calcified thyroid nodules.

Case Discussion

Typical appearance of a benign epiglottic/laryngeal cyst. These are typically incidental findings, as here with an asymptomatic patient. Conservative management or resection can be considered.

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Case information

rID: 77681
Published: 19th May 2020
Last edited: 20th May 2020
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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