Fourth branchial cleft cyst

Case contributed by Dr Wen Jak Ma


Left neck lump with fluctuating size

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Female
Complex cystic mass immediately lateral to left hemithyroid.

Cyst lateral to left hemithyroid, deep to sternocleidomastoid, displaces IJV anteriorly, CCA posteriorly.

Case Discussion

This was aspirated. Cytology shows benign squamous cells, neutrophil polymoprhs, amorphous acellular debris. These findings support diagnosis of branchial cleft cyst.

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Case information

rID: 25589
Published: 30th Oct 2013
Last edited: 3rd Mar 2016
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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