Second branchial cleft cyst

Case contributed by Ammar Ashraf


Left neck swelling for one month. No pain, fever or discharge from the swelling.

Patient Data

Age: 15 years
Gender: Female

A well-defined lesion measuring about 2.6 x 1.7 cm showing mildly heterogeneous matrix and a few small cystic components, is seen along the posterior aspect of the left submandibular gland. No significant internal vascularity is seen in it. 


A well -defined, oval-shape cystic lesion measuring 2.6 x 2.0 x 2.0 cm is seen in the left submandibular space (posterior to the submandibular gland, anterior to the sternocleidomastoid muscle and lateral to the carotid sheath). It has mild peripheral enhancement on the post contrast study. Multiple prominent lymph nodes measuring up to 9 mm in short axis are seen at multiple levels on both sides of the neck.

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