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Thoracic duct cyst in supraclavicular region.

Authors
  • Maruyama, M
  • Kobayashi, S
  • Kasuga, Y
  • Fujimori, M
  • Yokoyama, S
  • Shingu, K
  • Hama, Y
  • Ito, K
  • Kato, R
  • Amano, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Ulster medical journal
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1997
Volume
66
Issue
2
Pages
140–143
Identifiers
PMID: 9414947
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 28-year-old female attended an outpatient clinic in October, 1989, because of a tumor in the left supraclavicular fossa, detected in a health examination. Following exploratory puncture of the tumor which yielded milky-white fluid, suggesting a cyst in the thoracic duct, she was admitted to our department. The cyst was unilocular measuring about 6 cm in diameter, and the fluid content was chyle-rich in lipids. Lymphography demonstrated a lymphatic structure adjacent to the lesion and scattered lymph vessels on the cyst surface. On November 16 the cyst was resected. A restiform structure was observed between the cyst and the thoracic duct, but the presence or absence of communication was unclear. The histological diagnosis was thoracic duct cyst. Thoracic duct cyst occurring in the cervical region is very rare. Our case may provide useful information as to its pathogenesis and the mode of retention of cyst fluid.

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