Second branchial cleft cyst

Case contributed by Dr Ahmed Samir Mehany


Painless left upper neck swelling for long duration showing mildly increased size over last few months.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

Left lateral neck cystic lesion located posterior to the angle of the mandible and lateral to the carotid vessels.


Cystic lesion at the left lateral neck with fine internal septations

Case Discussion

Second branchial cleft cysts are the most common branchial cleft anomalies. The characteristic location is at the angle of the mandible. Although congenital pathology, the presentation is usually during adulthood with neck swelling. Pain may be the presentation when infected.

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Case information

rID: 53217
Published: 21st Apr 2018
Last edited: 22nd Apr 2018
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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