Tornwaldt cyst

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Incidental benign finding while investigating seizures.

Patient Data

Age: 16-year-old
Gender: Female

MRI Brain (selected images)

Normal brain exam (not the scope of the images presented in this case). There is a well-circumscribed rounded cystic lesion, immediately deep to the mucosa in the midline of the posterior nasopharynx, nestled between and anterior to the longus colli muscles, and measuring 1,2 cm on its larger axial diameter. 

Case Discussion

This case illustrates a benign incidental finding on the posterior nasopharynx: a Tornwaldt cyst. The diagnosis is made basically on the typical benign imaging features. 

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Case information

rID: 42000
Published: 31st Dec 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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